Trying to raise my kids the best I can

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Racist cops: still alive and well

My husband and brother in law and cousin drove from Florida to Massachusetts with a U haul full of stuff from storage. (My brother in law recently moved back here). They got pulled over on the highway because they had a padlock on the back! (jawdrop) He asked if he could search it- which, by the way, is totally illegal. They obliged. He checked it out and then made a hasty u-turn so they couldn't write down his license.

This next story I actually think is a little more amusing because it was more of a genuine mistake as opposed to the straight up racial profiling and illegal action that happened to my husband...

Yesterday I saw more cops in one place than ever before in my life. Just fifteen feet in front of my window. 7 police cars with lights flashing. 1 undercover police vehicle. 4 police motorcycles. All surrounding two black men who were being patted down. But after about ten minutes all the police left except for two and the men. I overheard some laughing and one of the cops said, "this will make a good story for Thanksgiving". ha ha. The police then congregated down the street. Apparently there had been some sort of tip and the unfortunate two black men fit the description.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Food!!!!





I'm a foodie! Today, for my birthday my friend made me a birthday salad instead of a birthday cake. I thought that was so sweet! I am passionate about healthy delicious food.

I like to make my family a hot meal every day, in the Cambodian tradition. But the American/white side of me also likes the idea of a "cooking day". And I've come up with the awesomest idea to satisfy that side of me. Now that I have four hungry kids it's great because I can cook to my hearts content and there's always a hungry mouth to feed.

So once a week, (when we have enough money. sigh.) I'm going to "pre-make" sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, fruit salads, and lettuce salads. They are going to be in appealing clear containers, lining the fridge. And whenever anyone is hungry they can grab one. Especially as my boys hit adolescence and join sports teams I love the thought that they will grow big and strong on my healthy foods. (And this spring I'm going to farm a 1/4 acre of land! I'm planning on growing bell peppers, cantaloupe and strawberries. Horray for local organic food. But that's a post for another day).

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My daughter

Not talking about the Patriots. Not thinking about the Patriots...

So about my daughter. She's one and a half. She's such a little girl!! She likes to pick out her own clothes. Sometimes she won't let me put anything on her unless she picked it out. Which is sooo cute but also sometimes annoying. Like when she picks out two shirts and then throws a fit because she doesn't understand the concept of shirts on top and pants on the bottom. lol.

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Reflecting on the newly passed healthcare bill



I have tears in my eyes.

It passed.

They still have to consolidate the House and Senate Bills and then it has to be signed. But it passed.

Major health care reform passed. No more "pre-existing conditions". No more health coverage denial. No more poverty excluding you from health care. And as if all that weren't enough, the icing on the cake is no government funded abortions. Did I just die and go to heaven?

This is the issue of my generation. When my Dad didn't understand why I became a Democrat he said to me that sometimes there are things you just can't compromise on and those things effect who we vote for. He was talking about abortion. I said, "Dad, health care is that issue for me".

I have friends who struggle to pay for medicine, and even self medicate because they don't have insurance. They are the reasons I am so passionate about this subject.

My history with this bill goes back to Clinton in 1993. That's when I first became passionate about politics. I listened to Rush Limbaugh every day. I believed all the lies about Universal Health Care. I was young and impressionable.

But then I grew up and I decided that my parents generation had made a big mistake by not supporting this when it went through on their watch. But I wasn't going to make the same mistake. I campaigned for Obama, on the promise of Health care reform. I held signs and visited senators. And now that I'm a nurse I'm going to volunteer at a free clinic at a local Jewish temple. There is no subject I feel more strongly about.

So, needless to say, I am misty eyed today.

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