I hope you don’t mind, I’m reusing this image because it seemed so appropriate.
Like a lot of the country, Illinois has been experiencing a hot dry spell that defies memory. In fact, I feel like one of those elders, standing around, chin in hand, saying, “I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it get like this”, while the young’uns roll their eyes and mutter dark thoughts under their breath. It was a relief, then, (well, sort of) when a newscaster stated that this is the worst drought since 1954 or something. At least my credibility went up a notch or two.
Last night, thunderous black clouds piled up, one atop another. We held our breath~ BLAM! Lightening and thunder and hours of rain rain rain. There is a bowl-shaped area near the high school that was created when they expanded. The edges are 5 or 6′ slopes. Really great for taking your young children sledding, until the school slapped up a fence around it. They may have had a point. This morning that thing was full of water! Basically, a swimming pool. A large swimming pool. By 1pm, all of the water had been absorbed by the super dry soil and thirsty trees. Amazing.
I try not to dwell on climate change, but I can’t help being fascinated by the changes I see all around me. Some things are really neat, like all the different skin colors and languages to be heard at the local coffee shop. …and some things, like these extremes in weather, well…
I believe that change of all sorts is going to come to us, whether we want it to or not. Changes that really, we can’t even predict. How will we deal with them? In some ways, I feel fortunate for already leading a life beyond the pale of normal. Those of us who are not in comfortable, prescribed roles are already familiar with surprise waves that come out of nowhere and knock you over. Pretty soon, though, I think all of us will have to invent for ourselves new responses to our lives. Everything from careers to water consumption to transportation and energy will take us careening from the path we grew up expecting to follow. It could be exciting, or it could be terrifying. Well, probably both.
I look at as an opportunity to start (if we haven’t already) being the people we really want to be. I read somewhere that people get the government they deserve. ouch. So, this seems like a good time to figure out who we want to be, and reach for that, as opposed to being told who we are by the entertainment industry and the marketing devision of the corporate world.
Speaking of people trying to sell you something, I think there is a “?” to the left of the blog, here, and if you click it, it takes you to my etsy shop! I don’t know how I did that. Or if, in fact, I did! Please don’t be offended, I was just so excited I had to share!
Warm wishes to you all. Maybe I should send cool wishes, instead. Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I would love to get a discussion started on what changes you see on the horizon, and what the quote about government means to you.