My Thoughts and Beliefs Alphabetically
My son is taking a digital photography class. One of his assignments, which I found fascinating, was to take a photo of every letter in the alphabet from things around him in the house (or I guess outside). He was a little freaked out doing it in a 50 minute time period (turns out it wasn't due at the end of the period, but...) so I got involved trying to help him find letters around the house. I believe this is part of a larger assignment and I got me thinking...(dangerous territory I know)
A couple of days ago , in under a hour, I too photographed the alphabet using items around the house. My "project" is to present each photo, in alphabetical order, coming up with a word (or words) for each letter and tying such to a thought or belief that I have. This may be serious; this may be silly. I'm not sure how this will turn out, but here we go:
America: It's not my country; it's not your country. It's ours. Please don't tell me if I don't love it to leave it. I do love it. However, there are some things going on right now that I'm not too keen on. (Yes, that's putting it mildly.) I feel that it's my right and indeed my duty to question and push back on things that I feel are "wrong" or injust. It doesn't mean I don't love my country; it means I want it make it a better place to be.
Bfth: It's my self given nickname coming from a time when I was making a beaded name bracelet and there were no "E"s to be found. So I used an "F" instead. I kind of liked it. Hence the title of this blog. I think it's kind of quirky, like me. Although my given name is Elizabeth, I go by Beth and if you call me Liz or Elizabeth or any other variation, you're telling me that you don't care enough about me to address me by the name I have chosen to use. That says a lot about you to me.
Communication and Compassion: Two things that I think are lacking in this world. The failure to communicate is something that I believe causes problems on so many levels. On a personal level, I'm trying to work on this with my teen. (It's hard.) I'm learning. (I hope.) Compassion is something else I am working on. I'd like to believe I'm a compassionate woman, but...we all need to take a breath and show some to our fellow man. After all we all share the same planet and we all are made from the same basic building blocks of life.
Disney: Because I miss Disney. Because it's been over four years since we went to Disney. Because I want to go to Disney. It's not an option right now. Personally, I think Disney World is pretty safe right now. And I'd probably like the lack of crowds (which I know is a bad thing for the company). However, going to Florida is not an option now. For me, traveling is not an option right now. Someday I'll be back in a Doombuggy.
Education and Employment: They sure look different now than they did at the beginning of this year. Since mid-March both my son and I have been "working" from home. The plan to return to physical school (hybrid model) is ever evolving and I have no idea how long I'll be working from home. However, I have to say that I am so grateful that he can "go to school" and I can "go to work" as I know too many people can not access on line learning and/or have lost their employment.
Flu Shot: Get one. Even if you've never gotten one before; get one. I'll admit that I am reluctant to get one. That's because of my egg allergy (flu shots are often cultured in egg). I had a bad experience once when I was given the wrong shot and was on steriods for a week. However, this year I made sure that my doctor's office had egg free/preservative free available and I got my flu shot. I didn't even have to get out of my car. Just drove up wearing a mask, had my temperature checked, double checked that I was getting the right thing, had the car door opened and got my shot. If I can do it, so can you.
Groceries: Who ever thought the highlight of my week would be grocery shopping? Well for a while it was. As time as gone on, my husband has started to come with me and help out again. We go as early as possible (leaving before 6 which is when our local Shoprite opens) and work together as a team to get what we need as well as items for friends, neighbors and our local food pantry. Grocery workers have long been underrated and I know I have taken time out to thank as many of them as I can. I have my favorite cashiers who know that I bag for several people and will help me (and my husband) separate items out so that each "delivery" gets bagged individually
Halloween: I love the holiday. Heck, I love most holidays, but this year they are looking mighty different. We've decorated as we usually do and I'm noticing around town that more people are doing so. Maybe it's because we all need the outlet. (What is Christmas going to look like?) I have no idea what the actual trick or treating thing is going to look like. (And I'm happy that my son has aged out of it.) We do have candy and some non-perishable treats but I'm not sure how we're going to give them out. We'll figure it out...and I'm looking forward to seeing whatever trick or treaters come by my door.
Instructions: We often ignore them. Now is NOT the time to do so. If we are given instruction/direction to wear a mask in order to enter an place of business, we should do so. If we are taking medication, we should follow the instructions that are provided in order to take it properly. Instructions have a purpose; we should follow them. Now more than ever!
Love: Is there anything else that L could stand for? Harkening back to another century, I am reminded that "All You Need Is Love." Realistically maybe I need more than that, but that's where it all starts. It all starts with Love. I need to remember that. YOU need to remember that. We all need to remember that. We need to open ourselves to love; to share our love and accept love.
Mask: Wear one. Period. End of sentence...well, maybe not. Wear one and make sure your cover your NOSE and your MOUTH. Because covering one without the other is like diapering a baby, but letting the butt hang out. If you don't want to be covered in shit (yes, I said it) you need to cover EVERYTHING. Wear a Mask. WEAR A MASK!
No: I don't like negativity, but sometimes you need to say no. It's not always easy; as a matter of fact it's often pretty hard to say this one syllable, two letter word. No can be in your best interest. When you need to say no, say no.