[Photo by Moxie.]
Something you might not expect me to say: Election years make me prone to despair. The debates and the grandstanding and the bicker-y-ness all make me want to hide in a cabin in the mountains for nine months to a year and a half.
This afternoon, I was trying to put my finger on what specifically tips me over the edge.
I've decided that it's not the debating of issues. I like debating issues. You wouldn't know it by looking, but I actually debate issues for a living.
(Funny aside: A few months ago, I told the Kid's teachers that I was going to drop him off early the next day because I had to be in court. Based on my general jeans and t-shirt attire, they later [very sweetly] admitted that they thought I was going to court, like, as a defendant or something. It was only when I showed up the next day dressed like a lawyer that they realized that, um, I am one.)
I think what bothers me is the lack of goodwill. With very few exceptions, when I'm standing across from a prosecutor in court, I believe that he is basically a good person. That she loves her kids and volunteers at the local humane society. We probably disagree about the case at hand, to be sure, but we're all good, honest, sincere people. I think a lot of politicians (and pundits and the general citizenry) don't believe that about their political opponents anymore. I'm guilty of it too--although I'm trying not to be so much--but there's an attitude of "if you don't agree with me, you're evil". It makes the ensuing battles really nasty and hard for me to watch.
But until I find that cabin, my refuge is in focusing on my much smaller sphere. In picking daffodils, in washing the dishes by hand, and in making things. This week, a very quick, satisfying spring scarf.
To make it, take a half a yard of fabric (mine is a pretty Japanese print from Hawaii), and sew it (right sides together) into a long, skinny tube. Turn right side out, tuck one end inside itself a bit (to make a finished edge), then tuck the other end (the raw edge) into the "finished" edge. Tuck or trim the raw edge to get the precise length you like, then sew all four layers together in one straight seam.
Clear as mud, right? But with the fabric in front of you, it's easy, I promise. It took me five minutes, and I was making it up as I went along.
And tell me the state of the world doesn't look better with a beautiful spring scarf around your neck?