All week long I’ve been chasing the feeling I had making pesto in my kitchen on Saturday afternoon. My big kids were playing outside with the neighbors and so the apartment was quiet and the kitchen was positively glowing with late afternoon sunshine. The windows were open and the pansies were waiting to be planted. At one point, Silas came in and dragged the wooden step stool from the bathroom to stand my side and add pesto ingredients to the blender. It was one of those dazzling slivers of parenting ease and magic that keep me slogging along in moments that are…less sunny.
The napkins in this collage aren’t make-believe; I bought them this week from a local shop as an antidote to a rainy week and a replacement for the napkins we’ve worn through over the past year. The kitchen cart is a possible storage solution I’ve been sitting on for awhile now, and the soap is my very favorite. Here’s to make-believe and reality colliding.
A gingham dress for maximum cheer.
A new block of my favorite soap.
Assorted bird cards for scribbling notes to long lost friends.
A pen with a level; who could ask for anything more?
A set of cloth napkins in a very sunny pattern.
A rolling kitchen cart for plant potting and other things.
A lemon tree for soaking in all that sunshine.
In an effort to ground this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few things that need our immediate attention:
Trans Day of Visibility is next week on March 31, but in the week leading up to the celebration, trans activists Chase Strangio and Raquel Willis are calling for a #TransWeekOfAction where folks take concrete steps to defend trans people from state bills that threaten their safety, healthcare, and very existence.
+ In Arkansas: Call Governor Asa Hutchinson at 501-682-2345 and tell him to veto HB1570 which bans healthcare for trans youth and insurance coverage for all trans people and SB354 which bans trans women and girls from sports and polices all athletes’ bodies in women’s sports.
+ In South Dakota: Call Governor Kristi Noem at 605-773-3212 and tell her to veto HB1217 which bans trans women and girls from sports and creates a state registry of youth athletes based on their bodies.
+ In Alabama: Call Governor Kay Ivey at 334-242-7100 and tell her to veto HB1/SB10 which makes it a felony to provide gender-affirming care for trans youth and HB391 which bans trans women and girls from sports and polices all athletes’ bodies in women’s sports.