“So, Martha, how did you spend one of the darkest days in American history? Did you hide under a blanket and watch PBS?”
“Something like that. It started out OK. I didn’t want to sit here listening to people say the same things over and over, but at the same time that was what I wanted to happen. So, I just put my earphones in, put the phone in my pocket and went outside where I dragged plywood out to the deck and cut it into paintable sizes. I always find using a handsaw a mentally soothing activity. In the middle of listening to them count votes, the shit hit the fan. Then I cleaned off the deck. Then I put water in the birdbath and cleaned up the dog shit.”
“How did that work to distract you or clear your mind?”
“Not great. I mean, it didn’t change anything though it DID improve the yard. You take what you can get, sometimes. I came in and cleaned the living room.”
“Kind of glued you to Twitter, didn’t it.”
“Sadly, yes. But Bear, Teddy and I broke away for a pretty walk at the Refuge.”
“Long and sad, but I was heartened that Congress reconvened and did its job.”
“How about today?”
“We’ll see. I’m hoping for a solitary walk with Bear, but it is Teddy’s birthday. Anyway, one thing at a time. ‘Care not then for the morowe: for the morowe shall care for it selfe: the day hath ynough with his owne griefe.’ (Geneva Bible of 1587)’ It’s dismaying, though, to read about my country in the international press. Stuff like this:
China mocks US ‘double standards’ over Capitol chaos vs Hong KongSouth China Morning Post
From officials to online commenters, Chinese critics accuse Washington of hypocrisy in its response to the storming of the Hill by Trump supportersUS siege partly a result of deep divisions in the country, between people who benefited from globalisation and people who suffered from it, analyst says.
“The Chinese spin?”
“Yeah. Still none of this is going to be totally wrong. With the world as compressed as it is now, we CAN ‘see ourselves as others see us’.”
“O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion.” Robert Burns.
“Ah, yeah, well…”
“I don’t have anything more to say. If you don’t mind, I’d like to end this interview and go wash the dishes.”