june coffee date: when words aren’t enough

I just don’t know what to say. We are halfway through 2020 and not even the memes are funny anymore. Every day I wake up, just waiting for the next shoe to drop, and every day, I find myself in shock at what is going on. If Godzilla climbed out of the ocean right now, I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised.

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Over coffee, I would tell you that…

I’ve struggled with blogging and business over the past few months, but especially over the last week, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and all that has happened since. I’m afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, but I am an ally, even if I don’t always know what to add. I am listening.

Over coffee, I would tell you that…

I am filled with hopelessness over the way people are behaving lately. It’s like they’ve forgotten how to be human. I’ve spent the last months so disappointed in how friends and acquaintances are treating each other, even when they are on the same side. It goes back to the start of the pandemic, and has just escalated over the weeks.

Over coffee, I would tell you that…

I don’t understand why people are so afraid to learn and grow and be better people. It’s like we can no longer listen to disagreement or criticism, and in doing so, we shut out intellectual curiosity and the ability to improve. Why are people so quick to block out the things that challenge them? Why don’t people want to do more? How can people look at the status quo and think things are a-ok?

Over coffee, I would tell you that…

For the first time ever, I have offered myself up to go with people to the polls this year as a support system. A few people have confided to me that they have changed their affiliation or have never voted before and feel compelled to do something in 2020. It can be scary and intimidating, especially with so much emotion wrapped up in politics right now, so I plan to be available to help those friends, and anyone else who needs support in November. Voting is the single most important thing we can do, especially right now, and I am happy to take the time to help anyone who needs guidance during any part of the process.

Over coffee, I would tell you that…

I am attempting to do my part by digging into anti-racism and how I can help do more. This is a great, comprehensive resource, and I am embracing the suggestions. I think it’s vital to see things from perspectives not our own, and I am open to learning and listening to help make this country and world a better place. We are having more conversations in our home and I hope we are able to make a difference, however small.

Over coffee, I would tell you that…

Phase 2 has arrived in Florida and I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, we are not in a hotspot and things don’t seem to be changing very much, but on the other, it doesn’t seem like any of our counties fulfill the requirements for any of these phase openings. Theme parks, bars, and movie theaters have joined the list of things that are open again, and the capacity restrictions on retail and dining have ended. We are still keeping ourselves to necessary trips only, at least for a little while longer.

Over coffee, I would tell you that…

I am stressing a bit about school next year. This morning, little man and I had a conversation about options: regular school with restrictions, virtual school, or home school. Right now, if all things are in a good place, he wants to return to school, but virtual school is his second choice. Our district has a solid program in place, and while it isn’t what I would want for him, at least we have some choices, in case the reopening plans are too restrictive.

What would you share over coffee?

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