I am one week post hip surgery. What a week it has been.
My recovery is coming along well enough. Everything is tolerable. Pain comes and goes and is not bad. Digestive system is on track. Limited mobility is chafing but necessary. Mental attitude is healthy. Emotions are stable. I am trying to give Caregiver Tom at least an hour of respite several times a day to take care of himself.
The day is dark and drippy and dreary but I have plenty to keep my mind occupied. This little vignette near my recliner is cheery. The Christmas poinsettia is still lovely. The little vase holds wonderfully fragrant vanilla scented sarcoccoa from the yard and a geranium bloom from Tom's greenhouse. That very tall Amaryllis is very slowly opening.
My surgical wound is nothing compared to the wound our nation has suffered. The enraged mob that stormed the Capitol last Wednesday was the culmination of years of a deliberate crusade of misinformation, lies, conspiracy theories, open racism, an underlying systemic racism, and threatened white privilege.
I have spent more time than I should reading and watching in the aftermath of that attempted coup. Trump is guilty and should be removed, mostly so he can never seek office again. But he is just the provocateur of actions that have always been just under the surface. We claim we are a nation of liberty and justice for all, but when those who are white and have always had the upper hand because of their race, even when times are hard, now in this modern world see that the "others" are claiming their share of the power, they are threatened and easily provoked. Of course that does not include all white people. Many of us who live in urban, multicultural areas are used to sharing the power, and we are perhaps more aware. But when economic hard times hit less "woke" populations, the urge is to blame the "other" and hold on tight to what little they have. Anger boils over and lies are easily embraced.
A quote from Voltaire popped up on my Facebook page: Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
I don't know what it will take to truly heal this nation. I know it will be a long, painful process. It won't always be peaceful.
I see my job as to stay informed, be aware, seek truth, promote kindness, and embrace peaceful solutions.