‘Speak Softly & Carry A Big Stick’

As some of you know, for the past several years I’ve been recovering from a series of bone fractures. Four years healing, now, from my original fall.

So…you may also know that I use a big walking stick. It’s nothing that I want to use, but something I promised my husband I would and so I do.

I was using it, yesterday, while attending one of my many medical appointments – that every day stuff I don’t put here… anyways, I was using it then when I over heard the following conversation:

The Waiting Room  After Kavanaugh/Ford Hearings

An elderly male patient, his caregiver, myself, my friend, and others were seated in the waiting room of a medical office.

The elderly male patient checks himself in and takes a seat next to his caregiver and promptly says: I want to talk about what’s been happening in the news this week about this Kavanaugh thing.

The caregiver says to the elderly patient: I just want you to know that we had easy peasy girls like that in my high school, too. (More public locker room talk, I suppose?  Thanks, Pres. Trump.)

My friend, myself and another woman look at each other and raise our eyebrows and roll our eyes.

OMG! I clutched my cane and was only held back by the memory of my first husband’s voice – after I’d shot the bird out of the car window at some idiot driver – telling me he would not come to claim my body if I were to be killed shooting the bird.

So…when I left the room, I went out of my way to avoid the caretaker.

But 😛  I forgot my cane in the doctor’s exam room and had to return for it. Then I did pass by that caretaker. He didn’t move his feet out of the way so I or anyone else could pass. I smiled at him, slightly lifted my cane, and placed it on the floor on the other side of his feet.  Ever so sweetly, of course, though I did feel goaded.

Just hours before, I’d been hoping that the Ford/Kavanaugh hearings would open the way for teenagers to talk with their parents more about what doesn’t have to be a right of passage into adulthood.

I still hope for this.  And I believe, if one is being vetted for the highest court in our land, one’s past actions – and how one speaks to them – would matter.


2 thoughts on “‘Speak Softly & Carry A Big Stick’

  1. I’m glad you didn’t use your cane against the caregiver, but I’m surprised he was still alive when you came back for it. You know the saying, if looks could kill 😏 I’m on pins and needles about whether it will be possible to keep Kavanaugh off the Court. There’s ample proof he’s been lying. Even before Dr. Ford came forward, there was plenty of evidence that he is not worthy of even being nominated for the Court, much less sit in it. Sigh. If he does get confirmed, I hope Democrats pursue impeachment of him. He has lied. There’s suspicion that he might still have a drinking problem. His temperament is unbecoming to a Supreme Court Justice. Ugh! Thanks for letting me rant 😬

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    • Citizens certainly need to voice concern about this nomination and what is unfolding. Such angry and hateful faces at that hearing. It was frightening for me to watch and listen to such anger.
      Kavanaugh has said things that others are saying are false and, quite honestly, his temperament and political diatribe was not the way I expect a Supreme Court judge to behave. I’m sure he wouldn’t allow such an outburst in his own court!
      I also have concerns that he may move forward onto the Court. I’m optimistic, though, that this won’t happen.
      I don’ consider your reply a rant…it wasn’t in all caps 😛


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