Thursday, February 07, 2008
I have been thinking about the women that raised me....I spent alot of time with my grandmother, she raised me and gave me my Values....She "schooled me"...What was Right and What was Wrong...And because I spent so much time with her...she would take me to visit and check on all the relatives.....Stubborn Old Southern Women that were story tellers, laughing softly as they drank bourbon and lemon in their tea, and spoke with a Kentucky Lilt.....We used to check on them , do their laundry and also bring them meals and muffins...and warm sweaters....My favorite was My Aunt May, she live in an Old Brownstone in Downtown Baltimore. She was so many things, a Singer and a Performer at the turn of the Century.So listening to her sing or read was lyrical....special. She Bought her own Home in 1930....and she was determined to live out her days there...So we went to see her during the Baltimore Riots and she refused to leave her Neighbors...I learned from her ....so much...I carry her in my Heart.
Yesterday the GOP Senators decided that old people should be taken out of the Stimulus package...And my first thought was didn't they have a granma or an auntie ? An old woman with a soft Voice, and tender hands and stories....that could sing Greensleeves ? Breaks my heart....The Elderly in this Country, Our Country, are treated like Unclaimed Baggage.
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