“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party” *
Like many things from my youth, this particular phrase had no meaning to me.
It was merely a mindless typing drill from when I learned to type years ago.
That is, until today, when I took Ginny for a walk in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.
As we walked toward Millennium Park, I saw a man attaching a large placard to the side of his van.
Curious, I stopped and asked what was going on.
He told me about a counter march to the pro-Trump march happening in a couple of hours in Lake Oswego.
A few minutes later, some young men came and took placards with the same message.
As I walked on I met more people coming to the counter march.
They gave me a pink hat which I wore for the rest of my walk.
As I walked I saw more people for both sides with signs supporting their position.
Police were near the two starting points and at a local business.
There were security guards outside the Sur La Table store on the corner of A Avenue and State Street. Ginny and I stopped for a doggy treat for her and for me to warm up a bit.
Do you know where your Mom is?
I sent my sons a text with the sign so they would know that their Mom was on the loose.
Blake texted, “Proud of you Mom!”
My Saturday schedule was jam packed with essential chores such as finishing my taxes among others.
Did I have the time and the energy to stay and participate in this event?
That’s when I recalled the old typing drill sentence:
“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.”*
Maybe it was time for one good women to come to the aid of her country.
What would I stand for?
I like to believe that I don’t just go with the crowd.
I think about issues and make a reasoned, caring, and intelligent response.
During these moments, I always think about my Dad fighting during WWII.
He landed on Normandy Beach so that I could voice my beliefs and opinions.
Not only me, but also those who do not share my beliefs and opinions.
All of us have the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness as long as we don’t infringe on the rights of others or break our nation’s laws.
I stand for our Constitution
I stand for transparency.
I stand for accountability.
I stand for morality.
I stand for honesty.
I stand for integrity.
I stand for the common good.
I stand for all people.
There is much that more that I could write but I have to go because
“Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country”.
*A phrase first proposed as a typing drill by instructor Charles E. Weller; its use is recounted in his book The Early History of the Typewriter, p. 21 (1918). Wikipedia