We’ve officially entered the season when I try to spend as many hours as humanly possible in the great outdoors. And since I live in a city, that means lingering on the streets, the sidewalks, the public parks, wherever and whenever I can. On the weekend especially, it’s common for me to leave the house in the morning and not return until well past dinnertime (children in tow). I like to be prepared, but not overloaded.
A few things for a late-spring day spent out of the apartment:
A jumpsuit for looking put-together and exceedingly comfy.
A pair of slides and the hope that at least some of the day will be passed at a sidewalk café.
A leather waist bag for hands-free access to essentials.
Sunglasses for good measure.
Something to read should a bit of shade open up in the park.
(And something lightweight to lounge on.)
A cheery string tote in case of unexpected afternoon accumulations.
Like rosé for resistance. (Inspired by!)
A reusable mug with a handle for carrying.
A feather-light utensil in case of emergency.
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, other places to direct our attention:
+ If you’re able, take to the streets today and participate in a “Stop the Bans” Day of Action to stop abortion bans and fight for reproductive justice. If you’re unable to show up in person, sign this petition, spread the word online with the hashtag #stopthebans, and sign up for a virtual training to see how you can organize in your own communities.
+ Unfair elections and voter suppression have unfair consequences and in the past few weeks we’ve just how dire they can be. Donate to Fair Fight in the month of May to help raise money for Georgia organizations fighting for reproductive rights.
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