Raison D’Etre

There is a habit to BELIEVE what feels “right” to you and your sense of self, your experiences.
However, in pursuit of definitive proof that you are right, that your cause is just, that being so loud and forceful and in your face about that idea, you really should branch out on your reading.
To PROCLAIM that Z is the worst letter in the alphabet, and to then “prove it” by pointing out that ALL the other letters in the alphabet COME BEFORE Z, and that PROVES it is absurd.
Z is the last letter because no other letters were placed after it in our alphabet. (it’s kind of interesting to go read up on it)
If your “research” is that you went to Google and found The Alphabet Song recording, or reached back to kindergarten where you got to sing a song, or a meme with letters or a book and that was ALL you used, your research was incomplete. Because all your research has proven is that in this language, we PLACED it last. We didn’t ASSIGN any other meaning to it’s existence there, at the end.

Alternatively, if you are over, well, let’s say, over 40, and I asked you to name all the planets in order, you would most likely immediately proclaim the following. “My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles.”
Except.
Yesterday, I asked Laylabug if she knew all the names of the planets. Her reply was YES! My teacher taught us a pattern to remember them.
And then she told me, “My Very Enthusiastic Mother Just Served Us Nachos.”
Huh. Poor Pluto. A whole generation is gonna just think of him as a goofy dog.

In the same way, UNLESS you are a (INSERT WHATEVER ESOTERIC SPECIALTY SCIENTIST/DOCTOR), the information you READ about any complex topic that you are not an expert in is 100% BIASED in favor of the perception and overall desire of the writer to create a narrative.
YOU are not technically proficient enough, even if you are an intelligent person, you don’t have the specific vocabulary to read dense medical or scientific papers and extrapolate the correct information ACCURATELY.
It’s not a knock against YOU. (royal you, of course) You JUST DON’T.
So, IF you read a report online (and to be fair, most of us get MOST of our info online, whether it is a reputable outlet or not) PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU ARE. To WHAT they profess as their overall rai·son d’ê·tre is.
Are they SELLING something? (Political and medical beliefs are a COMMODITY)
Who benefits from their statements?
WHERE did they get THEIR information and WHO was the person they trusted to read, comprehend and translate into everyday English? Who made it UNDERSTANDABLE? Did they do ANY due diligence on the results provided; the translation of Medical Gobbeldy-Gook into information a lay person can digest?
If their conclusion is diametrically opposed to the prevailing wisdom, what kind of double-blind testing did they do, to PROVE that their hypothesis is the accurate one? How did they go about disproving the prevailing belief?

What did they do to go to the sources to ask them HOW they came to conclusions so different?
WHY is it that the majority of more widely accessed sources of information have NOT picked up on this belief? WHO IS PROFITING from this belief?
READING THIRTY SCREEDS that link back to each other in a Gordian knot that “PROVES” they are right AND you are being lied to should be a hint you are being provided falsely interpreted information. Did you read up on anything that tried to disprove your prevailing belief, to see if there were holes you could drive a truck through? Do you follow/read/interact with in any way people/pages or publications that are on the other side of what you think, just to “keep yourself honest?”
NOTE—
Saying, “I DO MY OWN RESEARCH”, or saying, “HAVEN’T YOU DONE/READ…?” to try to shut down someone, and not having read and UNDERSTOOD the source material is not DOING your own research. If you are reading the opinion of someone who has NO real subject matter expertise and you find that they know a SECRET TRUTH that only a few can “really see/understand?”
You are regurgitating OPINIONS that make you feel comfortable with the things you have chosen to BELIEVE.
Nothing more.

ON MOTHER’S DAY—I don’t begrudge your life choices

I don’t begrudge your (private) life choices.

You do you.

Be HONEST about it, though.

When you made the choice to have one child or four children or no children, THAT IS PRO-CHOICE.

ALL of the childless adults I know can’t ALL have had fertility problems.

How many of you COULDN’T have kids? (Not my business—good. Right. Be aggravated I asked or presume to know, but—- Keep that thought front level, however, as you continue to read)

(The rest of) you made the choice to have no children, whether it was because you hate kids, or whether it was because you had an incredibly horrifying childhood and you can’t imagine being able to recover and do the job well. Or you wanted your career that was so challenging and demanding of (both parents) time. Or travel! Or. Or. Or. Not my business. (Privacy, right?)

The reason that you were able to survive to this period of your life (menopause? Close to it, way past it?) and not have children was:

-Birth control pills/ IUD, vasectomy

-Abstinence (repressed lives that suggest the sex act be saved ONLY for when you WANTED to CREATE another child?)

-Rhythm method (luck AND a partner who was willing to follow it)

-Abortion

-Infertility

So, since 1973 if you find yourself in a childless marriage by choice — NEWS FLASH— you are pro-choice.

None of that “there was a medical reason for your child-free status” —you could adopt! So, to all the “infertile as an excuse couples”, why did you not adopt? That is what is supposed to happen, right? That is what all those pro-life marchers display on their signs “ADOPTION not ABORTION”….

All those pregnancies caused by incest and rape…you SAY that they are all adoptable! You (royal usage) all are talking about how someone is waiting for a baby to love, so….? (I am NOT asking you to TELL ME why you are childless and haven’t adopted)—privacy about what goes on in your marital bed is a constitutional right. For the moment. —->>>Again I AM NOT berating and I AM NOT criticizing you OR your choices. I can’t imagine the pain of multiple miscarriages, etc. <<<<—- AND IT IS NOT MY BUSINESS.

I am NOT saying you should’ve made another choice. I am not saying you should have done X or Y or Z, just because. No one who can’t or won’t parent (the verb) should be forced to become a parent (the noun). But you made that CHOICE. BE HONEST ENOUGH to accept YOU ARE PRO-CHOICE (for yourself)

For you to make the determination that OTHER people should follow YOUR belief system, and therefore if they get pregnant they should have to carry a child to term —when you would not carry a child to term for whatever reason —does not sound particularly fair. (Although to be honest, the majority of us do force those of different religions to have the random Wednesday off because we want to celebrate Christmas, so there is precedent in our inability to be logical.)

And if YOUR religious belief system disallows abortion, don’t have one. But, those whose religion disagrees with you— or those who are free from religious belief, should NOT have to follow the edicts of your religion. This country does NOT have a state religion. Yet.

When you decided to go on birth control because your husband lost his job in 1982, that was a pro-choice decision, because by rights you should have just been accepted the extra mouths to feed or been celibate until hubby was back on his feet.

Also, and this one is important—if that first pregnancy that you had almost cost your your life, too bad so sad. Deny your husband sexual intercourse, or get pregnant and possibly die of a second pregnancy, because apparently the fetus is more important than the mother of the toddler at home.

Yeah. I know. Vasectomy, tubal ligation, birth control pills— but once they don’t have abortion to rile you up about—once abortion is gone, do you think they’re going to STOP?

Understand, that once abortion is no longer a legal option, that it will not be the end of abortion. First, your well-heeled friends will suddenly be discovering a newfound love of spontaneous travel outside the country… or possibly CAMPING in another state. Second, you will start to hear about young women, daughters of your friends, DYING of “back alley abortions”.

It will be the beginning, only.

Because the GOP, the powers that be in the Grand Old Party, will NEED to have a culture war, still. A rallying cry to get you so hot and bothered that you vote AGAINST YOUR BEST INTERESTS, just to “own the libs,” fight AGAINST antifa (you do UNDERSTAND that that is against FASCISM and not an actual group AND also A GOOD THING?)

They have to have something to rile you so once they have finished eliminating the option for legal abortion, they WILL come after your birth control. You may not believe that but that doesn’t make it any less true.

This is gonna be a flex for them—but they are up for the challenge. Griswold —the right to privacy, the STATE says you do not have a right to know what other people are doing with their own bodies, in their own beds and bedrooms, because that disrespects their privacy—that will have to end.

And maybe YOU are now of an age that you escaped with your family the exact size you wanted. You are able to pay for your ONE child’s college education, take your ONE child on summer vacations to France, not just because you made the RIGHT CHOICES through your life. (I know, I know. You’ve never been to France. So therefore you going to think that everything you read here has nothing to do with you.) I’ve never been to France, either.

But you made the CHOICE to have one child, or to use birth control to control so that you had your four children six years apart. YOU made a choice; actually that’s pro-choice.

BUT.

Even today, when you see a large family, may be a darker-skinned family of a possibly not Anglo-Saxon background, and they are walking with their five or six children, possibly speaking a language you don’t understand, you hear derisive comments— or you THINK THEM— or YOU say them, sotto voce, “How could ‘THOSE’ people have so many kids? They are replacing us. Who do they think they are. Doesn’t she know how to keep her legs closed.” (Where’s that pro-life Rah Rah now?)

Do you know that there has not been a woman who has gotten pregnant without the help of a very human male, except 2000-odd years ago when teenaged Mary found herself pregnant?

Every woman that you see that is pregnant, there is a man that is responsible for that. The man had to initiate sexual intercourse. The man. (Don’t be pedantic and @ me with IVF— that’s a medical procedure, that is highly orchestrated-AND still requires a man, and ALSO on the chopping block, once they get rolling) A woman cannot cause herself to get pregnant; she can’t wish herself pregnant. *DONT HAVE KIDS IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD THEM!!!,” they scream into the void.

Oh, and now now comes the new fun new thing, because all the people who did not have children for “whatever” reason are complaining that forgiving some student loans is UNFAIR! “They” get their student loans forgiven and I PAID MINE OFF!” So? Maybe because you had no children you were ABLE to do so? You didn’t spend YEARS paying the MINIMUM on all your credit cards and student loans because you had to put half your paycheck into daycare and diapers? You were able to accept that promotion, with it’s funky work hours, which is impossible to find childcare for, or so much travel time, or that transfer to another state on a whim because you didn’t have to uproot your family.

“I don’t have children so they are not getting any benefit from it! OMG.”

But. Here we are. Not only is the draft, leaked Roe decision awful, they are booking hard for Griswold, for Obgerfell. You know that same sex wedding you went to a couple of years ago? And how they ADOPTED and are the most amazing parents? Yeah. Soon to be ILLEGAL, if you follow the LOGIC of the arguments in this decision.

Don’t QUITE know how they plan to dissolve entire families, but.

But, GRISWOLD. Oh. That’s the one they will have to be going after next. What is going to be funny—not funny ha ha, but funny— is how suddenly, across this entire nation teenaged children of a certain sex are going to suddenly require birth control pills for very bad acne and very painful menses. There is going to be a sudden increase in female acne and debilitating periods that is so horrific that females of certain financial status will to have to stay on birth control from 11 to 54 to avoid it.

And really, what is the end game? Because their children, well their male children, won’t have anything change in their lives except –oh, well maybe they’ll be less female children competing for the good job, competing for the scholarships because they’re all going to be home birthing and caring for children.

Flowers for you. (this image is for sale —> https://www.rteest42.com/PrettyAsAPicture/i-ZQkCqDK/A

Oh, and call your mother. ((Or text if you don’t want to actually talk to her. But only if it is something you CAN do without being dishonest with yourself.)) And understand that this is a freaking hard day for a LOT of people–who lost their mom, or who lost their kid or who wanted that miscarried child. And for those who didn’t have a mother who gave a damn. And don’t be an ass and tell other people that they will regret not calling one day….

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the people who’ve cared for and loved and raised and encouraged all children.

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2022– Have at it.

Ok, maybe not THE most positive and uplifting way to welcome a new year, but we’ve been burned lately😬 We made it to the other end, once again! A December full of Christmas photos! I hope your holiday was fun, merry, joyful and safe! I wish for your 2022 to be fabulous! I hope all the things you want and all the things you wish for are within your grasp!

ABUNDANCE is my word of the year….and not in a “CASH MONEY” or some religious reward kind of way, which is what the majority of Googling the word came up with. The word appeared three days ago as I was vacuuming. It always just jumps into my consciousness. (And wont be budged or put aside for some bigger, better word, thank you very much).

As I sat with it, I think it is more an understanding and a peace with what IS. I have the ❤️love❤️ of my husband, the love of my children and granddaughter. I have health, I have a job. I have excess. There is a car to spare when one is in the shop. I have enough blankets to stay warm if the power goes out. I have plates and mugs and forks enough to avoid doing the dishes today if I choose (I don’t have and never have had a dishwasher–you can’t miss what never was) I do have a washer and dryer within steps of my bedroom, so I can do laundry at my convenience, not that of the laundromat. I have the warmth of two cats on my lap. I have the love and companionship of my friends and family.

I am not feeling this word as a call to minimalism, (see above desire to avoid dish washing) or to spend my year only shopping thrift stores, making do or doing without, although there is a certain quality of satisfaction with what IS in the word ABUNDANCE. (I will of COURSE want that new, GORGEOUS purple polka dot fabric for my stash!!)

—some of my previous words of the year, collected in last year’s blog—

I wish for you good health in the coming year— get your jabs, believe in science, wash your hands, wear your mask, and BE KIND.

2000 and 2021
My nose is always in a book… (oh, the smell of a new book!!!)

Remember to follow me on Instagram, to visit rteest42.com and purchase some of my art! I love to take the time each December to Look With Eyes That See…. I hope my visions have entertained you!

(and yeah, I hit send too soon, an hour or so ago.)