Monday, October 05, 2009
Why So Many Of Us Care So Much
Twice, maybe three times a year my good friend, Word Tosser , and I brave the highway construction or the "iffy" weather to get together for a long leisurely lunch filled with gossip and catching up and genuinely good company.
Today was such a day. A beautiful, crisp day with brilliant blue sky. Snow shown on the very upper peaks of Schweitzer Mountain just north of Sandpoint, Idaho. We drove to the top and the view over Lake Pend Orielle was spectacular.
I got back home around four and took a few minutes to peruse the headlines since I hadn't posted for a couple of days. Nothing good. More uncertainty on the war, the Arabs considering dumping the dollar, the President breaking precedent by not meeting with the Dalai Lama, police chiefs advocating spying on your neighbor. Sure, there's a lot more to each story than the headlines indicate but, gee, I was in such a good mood!
I just wanted to bask in the afterglow of a very pleasant afternoon and think about the beauty of where we had been. Where else can you drive along a mountain road and find a small gathering of Mule deer seemingly so tame you could reach out and pet them.
This is what I so love about this vast country of ours. The beauty. Maybe it should be mandatory for politicians to get out and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine more often. It gives one a very refreshed perspective.
Tomorrow, however, is another day and we'll be back in the thick of things. Today will be but a lovely memory.