Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Life Will Go On

First, I want to say thank you -- thank you to those of you who left comments on my last post and on my Instagram post, to those of you who sent me messages of support and sympathy, and to those of you who sent prayers and thoughts to those who were killed and injured. While it is impossible to make sense of what happened here on Saturday, it is possible to continue to live our lives knowing that the community is rallying around us. The Mister and I purposefully took Rainbow to the vigil held on Sunday evening so she could see just how much love and support is there for our community. It was standing room only inside Soldiers & Sailors, and there were crowds of people outside in the rain as well. For days, I have received text messages and e-mails from friends and family near and far, letting me know they are thinking of us. When I arrived at work yesterday, I received so many warm hugs. The week ahead will continue to be difficult as funerals are held for the victims, but we've all received so much support that I know we will get through it.

Elizabeth Zimmermann famously said, "Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises." And I have tried to do that, though on Saturday I found it extremely difficult. Before this weekend, the only other time I have found myself unable to knit was when I had appendicitis. Now, though, I am once again finding it a real comfort.

One project that I'm determined to finish soon is my Swing Left socks, which will be done in time for me to wear on Election Day. I'm already on the gusset of the second sock, so I'll likely be done even before the end of the week.

Please excuse the dirty windowsill.

I normally try not to get political on the blog, because although knitting can be a political act, it typically isn't a partisan one. But as one of the rabbis reminded us on Sunday, the American people look to our leaders for guidance of how to treat one another, and tragedies can happen when people hear the bigoted rhetoric of some of our leaders and use it as an impetus to do violence. If you aren't satisfied with the leadership of your elected officials, you can tell them so, but the most powerful thing you can do is vote. So if you are an American citizen who is eligible to vote, and you haven't done so already, please make a point to do so! I don't care who you vote for or if your views are entirely opposite to mine -- it's a right and a privilege to be able to cast your ballot.

3 comments:

  1. Well written post.

    "See you at the polls!"

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  2. Beautifully said, Sarah! And, yes...VOTE! It's the most powerful thing we do!

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  3. Voting is indeed a powerful action that we can all take to express ourselves, hopefully voting for leaders that are not bigoted, hateful, and divisive. Your socks are beautiful!

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