First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge that today is Veteran’s Day here in the United States. So thank you to all who have served. There are many veterans who are near and dear to me including my husband, my youngest son, my brother and his wife, my husband’s sister and brother (his poor mom had all three of her kids as active duty military at the same time!), my father-in-law, and my grandpa. It’s not an easy life and I appreciate the sacrifices our service members make.
For this week’s Friday Favorites I want to touch on a couple of things because it’s been a busy week around here. So to make it quick, I’m not going to go into detail, as I’m wont to do, but just kind of tell you what is making me happy.
Yesterday marked 30 years of marriage to my best friend. Traditionally, 30 years is the pearl anniversary. We think a lot alike after all these years and both got the other a leather gift instead. I don’t have a picture of what I got him handy, but below is the small Jawa backpack he got me. It is adorable! The eyes light up! I am a sucker for the old-school Jawa action figure that has red eyes that seem to glow in the light. This may not be everyone’s idea of a wonderful anniversary present, but I love it.
Okay, I can see I already broke my rule about not going into detail. I swear if I was an author I’d be writing 1000 page books.
Tuesday was Election Day around here and I woke up to amazing news on Wednesday. I forced myself to not obsessively check results Tuesday night, knowing I wouldn’t have real answers until the morning anyway. Michigan won big in this midterm election. The fabulous women who run this state retained their seats. On top of that, our House and Senate are now both majority democrat for the first time since the early 1980s. I have high hopes for what they can now get done without constantly being blocked at every turn.
There’s still another cherry on top, all of the proposals on the ballot were passed. Notably a proposal on voting rights and another one adding abortion and contraception rights to our state constitution. Yay! There were so many outright lies and so much vitriol being spouted about Prop 3 to scare the general public, it was disgusting. I’m so relieved the truth prevailed and the people of Michigan did the right thing.
Unfortunately, my district elected a Trump backed candidate (by less than 1600 votes!) for Congress. I have decided to focus on all of the good that happened during this election though. And I know what we did here in Michigan was not the case everywhere. I also know that we recently had our lines redrawn by a bipartisan committee and, although I still don’t thinks the redistricting is the best, it’s a lot better than it was and that shows.
All in all, I’d say it’s been a pretty fantastic week. My granddaughter will not lose the rights to her own body that I’ve had my whole life. No matter what else happened this week, that’s alone makes my heart happy.