|soggy saga |
February 18, 2021
It's raining, again. I'm really thankful we're not in the midst of the deep freeze; the stories are heartbreaking. I've got all that Iowa experience under my belt, but it wouldn't make it any easier. And the kids are doing okay right now.
I have an eerie feeling there'll be massive flooding, here and there. We've already begun and the ground is already saturated. What about when that snow starts melting?
How loud does Mother Earth have to yell before we hear?
Yesterday, in class we talked about food politics/justice and how interwoven systems will take plenty of work to unravel, much like other systems of oppression. There were some really good conversations and some big thinking going on. Since we've been talking about problems in 'the community' we've been looking both at the whole and the parts.
I must admit because of the student demographic at the Uni, I have to walk an incredibly fine line talking about some of the -isms. I absolutely do not want to offend anyone. As part of the DEI team, I'm using inclusive language and using they/them as pronouns for nearly everyone. It's difficult to talk about racism, privilege, and gender. But, we need to have these conversations in terms of how they affect one's community, and what we can do about it.
Some people think today's youth are privileged, entitles brats, and while that's true of some, I find most of them to be open, respectful, hard-working, infinitely curious, and want to solve problems. I'm just trying to open their eyes to the way the world has been and is, and open their minds to the possibilities of what could be.
The cat had been clingy for days; it's so unlike her. I'd backed off giving her flea meds because it was cold. Turns out that was a bad idea. She had raw spots (now healing) on her ears. This came because she had spent so much time outside the past few weeks. There was a reason she wanted to, one of the hang-arounds had kittens, and we think she was helping to co-parent them. I saw them a few days ago. There are four kittens: two grays, one black/white, and one orange. It looked like momma was moving them to a new location. So darn cute!! I haven't seen them since that day though. With all the rain, I hope they're warm and dry. More souls to pass through the Home for Wayward Animals and Unwed Mothers.
I've got some bills to pay and school stuff to set up, so I'll go about my day.
Love and Belief~