Monday, August 3, 2009

The Beauty of the "System"!

I love watching the confirmation hearings. I enjoyed the blessing that a minority woman could stand in the process of the heating of the brands to be cooked into what would make her a Supreme Court Judge for the rest of her life. I find it an amazing process. Over the course of time and education, lessons and experience burns off so many of your biases. She will stand in judgement over the whole law, as we see it in this generation. She is a New Yorker. She is a Woman, She is a minority! All those years of judging that are hers and all that they could say was that she had called herself a wise latina? A racial slur? A racial epithet? She would be standing in judgment over the law. I was very glad that I was not on that seat. I have so many racial slurs to my name. I can't seem to clean that part of me out of my mouth.
At first, I was getting so angry that these white men looked to be attacking, who I considered to be "my girl". I was praying for her, every day and she stood so well with their grilling. Then, Senator Graham seemed to bring it all into perspective for me. We are not attacking this woman, he seemed to say. We are treating her as we would be treated, so that her sympathies for those and that which she is to judge will be honed. She will know what it feels like to sit under the judgment. She will know what it is like to have your word and your thoughts inspected by somebody else. I rejoiced that there was a process that could make one, out of so many different people groups. I understood why she had to go through, what she did. She is a tough cookie and I have much admiration for her accomplishments. Moreso, now I have a greater respect for the process that grows us into people who can judge our own grievances and not live in savagery. I love that she has gotten there and I long for the day that it will be all women and one man coming onto "the Bench". LOL

1 comment:

Joanne Bodden said...

Great perspective Jayne,
not sure why i feel so vinegary about it all... Not sure if Scalia or Robert's got as grilled but I guess they did in their own way. You are right the fire we go through creates the people we are to become. Some days I wish it could be a bit easier Well I have it good I am not complaining I just would like to spend way more time creatively.
Well enough if that ! Thanks for the blog Love it~ Love you !

Title- The Studious One!

Title-  The Studious One!
artwork by Elyse

Of biscuits and syrup

Of biscuits and syrup
tasty treats

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday!
a day at the Raptor Center.

Widdle Emmie in outer space school

Emmie jumped on the bus and off it flew out into the atmosphere. There was a set of clouds with turbulence right above the house and it took a few minutes for my Emmie to buckle her seatbelt. They hit the bump hard and it knocked my Emmie out of her seat and she bumped her head. The video camera came on and the monitor looked through and stated, Ms. Emmie, where are you? You are not in your seat. Where are you? I am alright I fell because I hadn’t buckled correctly. Well jump up Emmie we have a long way to go and you have to be buckled there is entirely too much turbulence in the stratosphere for you to unbuckle now. As soon as we are through this weather system there will be straight sailing but right now you must buckle. Emmie scrambled into the seat with intensity and purpose now. She watched every cloud pass her window and her nose was pressed to the window trying to see the top of the house as it drifted slowly out of sight. Soon they were not only out of sight of the house, the sun came out brightly and just as quickly they were putting on the atmospherical breathing apparatus and the outerspherical lights. The ABA and the OL. These precautions were to make them appear to be satellites to the radar as they were out in the ionosphere. Emmie knew all about this now. She had gone to the orientation and had a good breakfast and it took them 20 minutes for her to get out past the atmospherical pull and to feel the zero gravity. It would be 15 minutes before the gravity simulators would take effect, a glitch in the system which was being worked on. Until then, they enjoyed the couple of minutes of floatation, while being connected to the seats by belt. The first thing they saw everyday was the strataflotsam. The items which had been dumped into the atmosphere by earlier generations. What would their generation do about this ecological waste area that remained floating above their heads? This was a question for the generations. For now it was the area that they had to guide through on the way to school.

Midnight at the OASIS

Midnight at the OASIS
Sunset in Huntersville

My little Emmie

ran to the bus on the first day of the last year of school. 2 buns on the side of her head. She kissed me and ran at dawn to the bus. She was starting the adventure of a lifetime. I would never see that little girl again, she was going to woman school!

My Father and I 1989

My Father and I 1989

to the tune of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme


Are you going to Mary Immaculate?

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Remember me to the one who lived there,

He once was a true love of mine,

Tell him to buy me an acre of land,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Between the muddy Hudson in Jamaica Bay,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to sow in it seeds of pure cream,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And build Ice cream mountains and buildings of whipped cream,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to reap them with sickles of M&M’s,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And chew bubble gum and eat till we’re done,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell him to run it off down the motor parkway,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

After your done 50 pushups

and jog down the West Side Highway,

Then he’ll be a true love of mine…

(Don’t wait for me today dad, The kids are sick again, My tummy’s bulging again, My heart is aching again, And now there’s no love there…)

He once was, a true love of mine….So, Girls, I do beg you don't miss your Daddy,Apricots, Chocolate cherries and Pie,You have one short chance to see him on this side, Go visit him and let your light shine.