~ I just finished looking at the senior graduation photos from Red Cloud Indian School. Among the class this year are a handful of young people that I have known since they were in first grade. I am so proud of the ones who've made it this far and have wonderful plans for their future. Life on the rez in South Dakota is anything but easy. I'm praying that they all seize the opportunity to live out their dreams!
~ It saddens me deeply to know that five girls out of that original class of first graders have already had babies or are pregnant now, two of those are pregnant for the second time. It's not about passing moral judgment, it's about babies having babies and how being a very young parent makes achieving your goals so much harder... not impossible, just a lot harder. It is difficult to break free of the cycle of poverty. I want so much more for them!
~ My young blogger friend Judygirl from Diary of the Sunday Visitor noted in an email to me that last Sunday was a holiday of sorts - "No TV Day" in her community in India - a day for everyone to shut off the television and get out and enjoy life. What a wonderful idea! We should do that here... maybe monthly! Many years ago when I lived in Germany, we survived without tv for the two and a half years I was there. We didn't miss it one bit, there were so many interesting things to do, a library of good books to access at the military post where my then husband was stationed, a new language to learn, beautiful countryside to explore, great beers to taste and festivals to enjoy. We are a nation of couch potatoes, and Papa Bear and I fall within that guilty group. At the end of a long day or week, we are weary, and more often than not end up planted in our comfy chairs. Although there are very few shows we actually look forward to watching and actively record, if none of those are on, there is most likely something mediocre playing on the tv in the background while he reads and I blog. He is now opting to turn the tv off at times when he is reading, and I enjoy the quiet time to think as I write. When I am home alone it is very rarely on. I could live without it. I don't love it enough to miss it. It really isn't necessary that we fill up all the quiet spaces in our lives with noise.
~ I have to be honest and admit that if you propose a "No Electronics Day" I'm going to whine and cry and probably sneak into the closet with my tablet, my iPhone and my battery power pack! It's an addiction, I admit that. It's not about the objects themselves, it's about my ability to reach out and interact with all of you, I enjoy that so much, and I truly go through withdrawal if we power down!
~ When I complain that it's "hotter than Hell" here in West Texas, I'm not kidding. Papa Bear captured this screen shot from the weather report on last night's news. Note that we've also had less than two inches of rainfall this year. I think it's going to be a long summer! :-/