Slice of life

Out walking Carmen the dog yesterday, we came upon Harry, our letter-carrier, taking his cigarette break and reading the paper. Carmen, in search of easy access to bits of milkbone she knows he carries in his bag, was trying to pick her eager yet dainty way around his truck and the dwindling icy snowbank.

Harry jumped up when he saw her, tossing aside paper and spent smoke butt, and said it looks like the sky is falling. I, thinking we usually discuss the weather, the dog, or the skittishness of his cat, thought he must be talking about the impending flood warning here due to melting snow and the predicted apocalyptic amounts of rain. He was speaking more globally, however.

Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, (soon to come?) China, and Wisconsin. The world seems like it’s on fire lately. Maybe we could all use some rain and epic snow melt. Or maybe I need to stick my head in the sand for a little while and go on a news fast. Not sure I could live with myself, but maybe I’d sleep better?


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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