Listening to: one of the most amazing songs ever written: "Hello In There" by John Prine song, only this is performed by Jeffrey Foucault (and he does an amazing job with it. ) I'm not a crying woman, but this song makes me almost always tear up.
Reading: Getting Ready to Start "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett about African American women living in Mississippi in 1962.
Netflix Rental: "Seven Pounds". Haven't watched it yet.
Idol Talk: Adam Lambert is my very favorite Idol contestant of all of the years i have been watching. Not only is he amazing in that he can do all genres and make me like stuff (Like Zeppelin) that i normally wouldn't like but you can just tell, he's a genuinely caring and nice and wonderful guy.
Again, i have no idea what i am getting ready to say so this will be a mishmash. But it will be NUMBERED!
1. i just hit repeat on the song "Hello In There". I think i am adding this song to my Top Ten favorite all time songs. In this version by Foucault, there is a subtle background harmony that almost sounds like Emmylou Harris. It probably isn't. But it's so nice anyway.
2. If i was the type of person who used the word 'lovely'. I would say the harmony was lovely.
3. But i am not that type of person. I just know it would sound false coming from me. I don't even know why.
4. I work for teacher unions. We held a meeting today with the new teachers in one of our districts being RIFFED - (meaning that they are out of a job). At the end of the meeting listening to their questions and hearing some of their stories I just felt strongly that probably all (with the exception of maybe 1) in the group were teachers NO DISTRICT would want to lose. I was impressed with their earnestness, their almost graceful resignation and that they didn't blame the union, the district administration, or whatever.
5. It made me feel like i wish we could do more as a union and at the same time it also lifted me up that there are some folks out there wanting to teacher your kids who are total quality.
6. And here's something i think everyone should know: I don't know of another profession doing so well with less resources than teaching. I cannot say this enough. All we hear in the media about is how terrible schools are. But that is not true. There are some amazing things going on in schools even where the funding is lacking. I will never listen to anyone talk down public schools and teachers unless i KNOW FOR SURE that they have been out in a school volunteering, tutoring, active in their child's education and voting. For example, business folks or politicians who speak about the need for reforming in a huge way, but haven't set one toe in a school in the past 5 or 10 years, have no credence with me. NONE.
7. Ok, i am off my high horse about schools now.
8. I just hit repeat on Foucault's version of "Hello in There" for a third time. (God, i love that song. )
9. I have to go to a funeral of my first husband's father soon. He died yesterday morning at home. (My ex husband's parents still live next door to my parents, all these years later.) I liked him. He is the one who taught me how to dance. In the old fashioned way with the jitterbug. He and his wife (who i also loved) were fun to watch on the dance floor of The Elks club. I learned how to follow lead and never look at my feet and to follow the rhythm of the music.
10. Going to funerals from people from your past is a very weird thing. I've been to a couple with both ex-husbands since i've been married to them and it's been strange. I find myself in a banal/small talk conversation with them and walk away from them wondering: Why did i ever marry those guys in the first place? And i wonder if they feel the same thing.
11. Only i cannot imagine that they do. In MY fantasy they are always saying to themselves: "Wow, she looks so fabulous why did i ever screw things up so that she got away!"...
12, Okay y'all know the drill. What is on your mind, even if you think you have nothing to say, just wing it. I swear when i do these, i have no idea what i'm starting to write. There is something rather cathartic about it.