Started for my eldest with the kids piling on, and breakfast in bed! And later a visit by Hannah and Kaylee. Playing with all of them in the fort-in-the-woods he finished building, and watching the nearby fox's den together- where she has new (baby) kits. By the end of the day he proclaimed it "Best Father's Day EVER!"
So OMG....what a week! Several Major Supreme Court Decisions.
The ACA (subsidy) was upheld...thereby assuring there would be no disruption of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) That is right. Insurance Companies can STILL no longer refuse to cover anyone because of pre-existing conditions. I think I feel good about that.And to the GOP'ers who have tried to legislate the ACA away for the 50th time now...get a grip...it is here to stay...and quit wasting our tax dollars trying to get rid of it.
The Fair Housing Act.
And today's ruling...finally laying to rest the SSM Issue by LEGALIZING it in all 50 States.
You know those moments in life when you are so overcome by emotions you openly weep?
This was one of those moments for me.
My late husband-person and I fought for and supported gay rights and SSM long long before it was fashionable to do so. I only wish he could have been alive today to see its cumulation.
So now the gay couple who has been together and loved one another for 20+ years can get married just like the straight couples who in some cases are on their 5th or 6th marriage and sit bitching about SSM destroying the "sanctity" of the institution.
This week also saw the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse.
An Act whose time was long overdue as well. You know, I was married to a Southern Gentleman for 18 years (until his death)...and in those years, yes...he referred to the Civil War as "The War Between The States" or when in a less generous mood he would call it "The War of Northern Aggression"...he also always opened doors and pulled out chairs, he taught me to eat grits "The Way The Lawd Intended Us To" with butter and salt...and absolutely no sugar. He and his brother had pictures taken at school back-in-the-day (as God is my witness) with little bow-ties with tiny little Confederate Flags on them. I think he may have even had a Great Grand-Pappy way back then who was active in the Klan. But even my Mississippi-bred husband realized long before we were ever married that the war was (and had been) OVER for years and years. And that we lived in The United States of America...not the Confederate States. We always had a flag flying at our home. It was the Stars and Stripes. Still do. We had, and I still have, black friends and family members. I never once heard my 6'6" Southern Man use the "N" word throughout his life. And he realized that the Confederate flag was as reprehensible to some people as the Nazi Swastika flying is to others.
You want to display the Confederate Flag in a museum or on your own private property...not my problem and absolutely your Constitutional Right. You want to fly it over the Courthouse or Statehouse.
Different message entirely.
Glad to see it REMOVED.
We are living in interesting times, indeed.
It was a good week to be an American.
It gives me hope.
Spent a wonderful Grandma Rose day with my Grand-Daughter Emma (and "Rebecca" her doll) full of shopping, brunch, art and afternoon tea.
And getting things squared away for our Family Gathering tomorrow. Chuck and Shirley (Great Grand-Parents) Chris and Tina, Nicki and James, Aiden, Brenden and Emma, and (hopefully) Kaylee and Hannah, too.
I have an entire Pork Loin (HUGE) slow roasting tonight to pull and BBQ tomorrow...and yes, the Tucker-cat is losing his mind at the smell! I think my neighbors might be as well.
I have Buns and Potato Chips and am fixing a Crockpot of Brown Sugar and Bacon Baked Beans, Coleslaw, and Sweet Tea and a Ginormous Home-made Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.
Have an AMAZING Weekend!
Juniper Bonsai...6 years old.