Share Your World – 4/16/19

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.

Gratitude

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.

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About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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11 Responses to Share Your World – 4/16/19

  1. Carol — I love bright and happy daffodils!

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  2. What beautiful flowers!! So that was YOU out in that snowstorm (sub zero temps, 10 foot drifts, 25 miles (one way) to school) with me?? I thought I recognized the hat! 😉 I’m with you, this past winter was brutal and I was cold almost all the time. That’s never happened before, and someone here suggested I get my thyroid checked, because being sensitive to cold is a brand new (highly unwelcome too) thing. Thanks Carol for Sharing Your World and some beautiful Spring…it’s never stopped raining here long enough for any planting nor yard work!

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    I like the thought about always having something to be thankful for. Your daffodils are beautiful. So colorful.

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  4. loisajay says:

    Question #4–killin’ me! Twenty-five blocks one way UPHILL, right?! 😀 Love it, Carol.

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  5. Lisa says:

    Wow, very deep questions this week. We share some of the same views on gun control. My biggest issue is that we can put all kinds of *controls* on guns, but criminals are not going to abide by them. And if you think it will be harder for them to get guns/ammo, think again. Mental illness should be a factor in whether someone can own, but who gets to decide? Hopefully, a medically-trained physician and not a family member who has a grudge and fabricated story. The way the world is with crime, gangs etc., I see no problem with responsible people owning guns. Registrations and background checks would be a must. I don’t think the voting age should be lowered. For the most part, I don’t think the teenage brain possess the maturity for that responsibility….at least from what I’ve seen lately. Many in the *workforce* can barely function with basic skills much less discern for themselves the smartest choice in an election. The coldest I’ve been was while living in Omaha Nebraska in the early 80s when the temps were -30 to -40 and wind chills between -50 to -60. That was toooooo cold! But I was young and didn’t have a lot of sense since I ditched the coat when it warmed to ZERO! xoxo

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    • Carol says:

      I cannot disagree that criminals will not abide by the laws, but how many of the mass shootings in the past 20 years have been committed by criminals? Seems like it’s been more unstable people with no criminal records who just happened to have access to guns. The Oregon law about mentally unstable people not owning guns requires an examination by qualified experts – the person living with that person can report their concerns, the court orders an examination, and then the decision is made. As to the voting age, I just really don’t know. There are some very wise teenagers out there, and some that are not, but the same appears to apply to our adult population these days.

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  6. dawnkinster says:

    Not for taking away guns, but am for outlawing automatic machine gun type weapons. Don’t think anyone of any age should be able to vote. Honestly, don’t think some 18 year olds are ready, but then not a lot of 30 somethings and 50 somethings and 70 somethings etc are educating themselves either, so I’d leave it as it is. Coldest I’ve ever been was on a train in Colorado headed to Silverton, sitting in an open air car in October. My fingers still ache when they get cold now.

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  7. leendadll says:

    of course your kids didn’t believe you… you left out the part about having to cross train tracks, that the train always came and was 100 cars long, and that it was uphill BOTH ways. duuuh!

    i’m gonna go off memory instead of looking up the correct answer but I think I once heard that hiccups are symptom of a lack of carbon dioxide. probably wrong. my “cure” is to get distracted…. I think they go away when you forget about them.

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  8. krcc says:

    great gratitude quote!

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  9. Laura says:

    I love the daffodils — just the photo makes me smile. These are great answers for some tough questions.

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