2021 Life Logs, Day 42: Impeachment Trial and Writing
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Weather: Partly Sunny, Cold Tonight; High 31, Low 12 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
My day flew by, but all I did was watch some of the impeachment trial and continue writing Chapter 5 of The Voyage of Windbird. I finished the chapter today but will read it tomorrow morning to make edits. Then I will move on to Chapter 6 which focuses on our time in the Caribbean. It is so delightful to be writing about warm places in these cold times. Watching the impeachment trial is not so delightful. It is painful for two very separate reasons. One is that if you are a person who loves our democracy, it is just hard to relive January 6 for reasons that don’t need to be stated. The other reason that it is painful for me is what we are hearing from many of the Republican jurors. I saw a cartoon post on Facebook today that said, “We find the President innocent by reason of we don’t care if he’s guilty.” I think the House Managers under Jamie Raskin’s leadership have each and all done a masterful job of telling the story of January 6 and building the case that led up to that day. What stands out in my mind most is the fact that the President of the United States of America sat and did absolutely nothing for the first couple of hours that the Capitol building, all of the employees there, all of our legislators and some of their family members, their staff members, and the Vice-President were under full attack. When it became obvious that the Capitol police were totally outnumbered and overrun, still Donald Trump did nothing. N-O-T-H-I-N-G. I guess we just have to wait and see if enough Republican Senators agree with the case as the House Managers have presented it. It almost seems like it is not Donald Trump that is on trial, but rather the Senate. And I fear that they are not up to challenge.
As on all weekdays, I stopped whatever I was doing at 3 pm to go pick Ollie up after school. His positive outlook on life always gives me a mid-afternoon lift. The snow that fell on Monday and Tuesday is still on the ground, so today he was excited to get home to go sledding on the hill across the street. An older woman lives in the house across the street and it is her side yard that we walk through to get to the boardwalk and path around the Two Ponds area. She has told the boys that she doesn’t mind that they walk through. But when the snow came, they realized that the side yard path would make a great downhill sled run, they called to ask if they could sled there. The neighbor explained that she is great grandmother and is so delighted to have young children in the neighborhood. She doesn’t mind at all. In fact, she is excited to watch the action. Due to her kindness, the Goldpebbles have only to walk across the street to enjoy the lingering snow.
I saw a photo of my good friend Olivia White on her Facebook page tonight that made my day. I grew up in a football loving family and I thought they were over-the-top fans until I met Olivia. She is truly what you would call a football ‘fan’atic. Today she went to Gillette Stadium to get her Covid vaccine and posted a photo of herself standing high up in the stadium wearing her Patriots’ mask. She said that her only regret was that there were no football players. Go, Olivia!