• Laura Smith

2020: Started in March and Just Keeps On Going.

June. 23, 2020 What....a....mess

My last vacation to Florida was the last time that life was almost normal. I remember the last time I shook someone's hand. It was at a fancy seafood restaurant we met up with some friends and their relatives. The place was busy, but we heard rumors that things would be. shutting down soon.

So what has happened since then? Well, in a previous post found HERE you can read my journal as I chronicled what I knew was living history. Here is the last entry on May. 5th.

My perception of the past 6 weeks and the similarities to grief are exceptional. We lost our world as we know it and there is no endpoint in the foreseeable future. We will never truly go back to the way things “were.” The truth is we are all forever changed by this whether in a small or big way. When I look back, I hope that I can say that I came out a better, smarter, healthier, and more thoughtful me.

5/2 Last entry before sharing. I am sad that things won't be changing any time soon. I am sad that people are still insistent on shaming, on offering their uneducated and ignorant/unknowing opinions. Sad to see the signs all over restaurants and stores about how they are operating. I am sad that my kids are missing college and YET....I am still so very grateful fr the most amazing spring weather we've had in years, and friends and family that are healthy. Praying that in a few weeks, things will be going as well as can be expected after opening up.

What I didn't realize at the time, was the truth in which I was writing. As I sit here today, June 23rd, 2020, our world is more in turmoil than ever. So much. so that I am choosing to use a bullet point list to save time. Google is our friend. If you want to learn more, just google of these events to learn more.

May 25th George Floyd was killed by police.....You can read about it everywhere. HERE is just one article. What do I think? I think this murder was a catalyst for what is ensuing right now with regard to a movement. Call it Black Lives Matter or not. You can research the political ties to this title, but it is still meaningful. It is powerful and it is not going away as it has many times before. I am not sure why George Floyd was the catalyst, but it is my opinion that we are raising a new generation of people of all colors, that are ready for change. We are learning about "white privilege" being schooled that "Black Lives Matter" doesn't mean that other lives don't matter, but that this is what we are fighting for now. We are learning about history like never before. Flags, Statues, Aunt Jemima, Nascar racing, and personal testimony of many black people.

Here are just some of the things being found on social media lately:

Protests turned riots. And not, these are NOT the same group of people. Peaceful protests. were invaded by rioters.

Police are under extreme stress as they are being attached physically and emotionally as they try to do their jobs.

Both. of these above items have examples of how there are extremists and bad people on both. sides. Somehow it seems. you. are either on the side of the cops or black people.

Making Juneteenth a National Holiday is happening.

Historical statues are being torn down and defaced since they represent our negative history makers. Many people disagree with this and feel they are "erasing" history. And of course, there are those extremists out there that haven't a clue what they are tearing down at all. I share the same opinion as Beau, in the video at the top of the paragraph. I also know that in other countries, such as Germany, they have saved the buildings, but the statues that are there represent that horror that happened so that we WILL remember. Maybe it's. time to erect some new statues in America for that purpose.

Bubba Wallace, (this is a good read!) Nascar driver, amidst controversy about the flying of the. Confederate flag (which by the way is actually NOT the real the heritage of the confederate flag, found a noose in his garage.

People are sharing their opinions (or not, which also is very telling) all over social media, and in person. Comments such as, :"If you don't like what I am saying then you can defriend me", or "Comments that are against. what I believe will be deleted," and so on.

And then. there is the mask controversy. Do we wear one or do we not? Is it infringing on our rights (that one makes me laugh a little because "no shoes, no shirt, no service...it's not that different) or is it a thoughtful act towards others? Is the virus all just hysteria made up by the media or is the threat as real is they portray. Well, that is why I watch our local doctors new conference. Either way, it's a hot mess!


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