Today I love good people who stand up for tolerance and acceptance in the face of intolerance and bigotry. I love that, although there are people who proclaim their interpretations and opinions as if they were facts, there are always people who will suit up and wade in to the heat of these inflammatory attacks on our communities. I love people like Cody Hawes who write letters to the editors of the world in support of people who are clearly bringing the benefits of diverse thought and the gifts of different cultures to us. I love those people who bring these things to our communities and share them willingly. I love that my friend, Waleed Aslam Shaikh, has been appointed to our Downtown Improvement Association and that that will be an improvement because of his determination and caring for his new community. I love that he has so much support as was witnessed by the outpouring of positive and protective statements that were directed at a few misled people complaining about the appointment because they mistakenly believe that their job as self-professed Christians is to interpret that faith as a group of intolerant persons whose job is to denigrate and defame those who have the ability to make good changes that won’t be what they were raised with. I love when the narrow minded are offered the option to grow and learn, and I live in hope that one day I will see one of them unlock their mind and heart and clean out the bigotry and racism that is filling them and clogging their ability to let real love flow.
Today I love that yesterday I made paella and I’m pretty sure we’ll be eating it for days. I love that some time ago I bought a paella pan on sale on a whim and it is so huge and won’t fit into any cupboard here in the kitchen and has a place of honor on top of my fridge. I love that every now and then I contemplate hanging it on the wall behind the cook top and every time I ponder that, I get closer to doing it. I love that we still need to pick out tile for the kitchen walls behind the counters, that’s going to be hard but fun, especially if it has to match my paella pan.
Today I love that rhubarb pie got made yesterday along with the paella. I love that I left my phone upstairs this morning and am itching to go get it, but I haven’t yet, an interesting feeling of being somewhat cut off from my world. I love that I have been pondering how for some the isolation of the past few months has bothered them but for me it has changed very little of my life’s activities. I love that the biggest change for me was having my home’s daytime population double for a good while and now that’s over I’m really missing the liveliness of it. I love that the weekends are more meaningful now that the weekdays have moved closer to the previous normal.
Today I love drinking coffee and writing about the people in my community who I consider to be heroes and allies, the ones who stand up to racism and bigotry and the pretense that those things are acceptable because they are done with the further sin of associating their hatred with a God they profess to love and claim is love incarnate … man that makes me happy when people stand up to garbage talk like that.