It’s a lovely spring-like morning – some clouds in the sky but not enough to hide the glorious bright sunshine, daffodils beginning to bloom, peonies thrusting their new stems upward with a promise of future blooms, birds and critters returning from their winter hiatus. Spring is a happy time.
Melanie’s questions this week are tough ones, I think, but I’m going to see what I can do about giving reasonable answers. Or answers, maybe not always reasonable.
- Guns? Are you pro or con? Explain your point of view. Don’t know that I’m “pro” but I’m not “con” in all instances either. I have a rifle because my husband had rifles and I kept one – just in case of what I’m not sure. I have no objection to people owning guns if they choose – for hunting (although I don’t understand the pleasure of that particular sport) – for other sport. I do object to the ease in purchasing guns. I think extensive background checks should be required, I think a national registry should be required, I think laws like the one Oregon passed recently allowing a court to forbid possession of guns by people who the family thinks is a risk to oneself or others or is a known abuser, are good. I object strongly to the availability of high-capacity, high-velocity rifles such as the military uses, because those can do a lot more damage than regular guns. Fewer bullets available in a longer period would mean fewer deaths. I’ve heard the “they’re fun to shoot” reasons for ownership, but in this world, in this life, we can’t always have everything we want.
- How would your country change if everyone, regardless of age, could vote? Wow! I don’t know. But I know there are a lot of very responsible teens out there who would, I believe, cast their votes wisely. Then there are others who would not be so wise, but the question would be would they even bother to vote? I do think we need term limits for many positions – Congress, the Supreme Court, for instance. I think we need a younger crop of members of Congress and for the presidency, both because I believe younger people are more in touch with their times and have more energy.
- What’s your cure for hiccups? I don’t have one. I haven’t had the hiccups in years and years, but I think last time I did I just waited for them to go away. Why do we get hiccups anyway?
- What’s the coldest you’ve ever been? I’m sure it was when I was a kid and I had to walk 25 blocks one way to school through ten foot snowdrifts in sub-zero weather. You’re questioning me? Yeah, my kids did too when I tried telling them that. Cold is cold, and I feel it more now than I did in years past. I don’t like cold.
If you would like, share a story, a photo or some thoughts on you may be thankful for this week! This week I am thankful for these little beauties reassuring me that spring does exist and is well on its way.