Dear Dad,

Thank you for your kindness, your patience, your encouragement, your wisdom, your love, your faith, your support and your discipline. I know there were a lot of times when I did not appreciate any of these things, but I stand here today, in full awareness that I would not be the woman that I am nor would I be on the journey that I am on if it had not been for these things. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for getting up when you fell down because it still shows me how to get up when I fall down. Thank you for your relentless work ethic and the blessing it has brought me and my children. Thank you for loving Mom. Thank you for loving us. Happy Father’s Day.

Thank You, God, for my Dad.

Love,
TJ

Happy Juneteenth!

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Just in case you did not know, Juneteenth commemorates the day when Union soldiers delivered the news of emancipation to slaves in Galveston, Texas (June 19, 1865). Never mind that the emancipation proclamation was actually signed on January 1, 1863, but it explains a lot about Texas and how a lot of Texans do things. Depending on where people are, it is celebrated with a parade, a picnic a music festival or a similar gathering. Growing up in the South, it was a big thing there but I have attended events as far away as Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.

Has anyone seen my plan or my time?

Yesterday I intended to take a much needed break. I was going to enjoy the sunshine with a good book after lunch. I have no idea where that plan went, but at least I made some progress on the beginning of the book. Next Sunday is Father’s Day, so maybe I will skip the whole planning thing or at least try.

Just so we’re clear.

venndiagramWhere I stand on these issues: I have no doubt that what happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile, Tahir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and so many others is wrong and indicative of systemic problems rooted in racism. Despite these problems, I know all police officers are not bad and while I know changes need to be made, I don’t think defunding is the solution. I am all for exercise of first amendment rights, but not for theft and destruction of property.