This blog written today has a bit of the children's book
If you give a Mouse a Cookie feel to it.
If you give a girl a day off due to a recent storm....
she's going to want to blog about it.
And when she blogs about it....
she's going to want to listen to music while she types.
Join me now beloved reader as I process out loud with you
I'm sitting here the day after a major storm has almost swept downtown Reno away.
My children are home from school because of this storm and we are pausing from everyday life.
Somehow the recent weather has brought all kinds of storms in my heart, mind and in my soul.
I will admit I was on the doubtful side that this storm would be as bad as predicted. I couldn't believe that they cancelled school on Saturday before the storm had really even come to town.
This same doubtful side of life kind of reminds me of the doubts I had before November 11th.
As I read the news reports yesterday though, I began to pray for all the families and businesses that this great storm would affect. I realized that once again the path of indifference is so easy to take, and comes with terrible regret. I'm glad that others didn't take my nonchalant attitude toward this predicted terrible storm.
There were many preparations made for this expected storm.
Days before the storm was really here, the Reno community prepared for what was to come. There were all kinds of people that came together and helped in anyway they could so that houses and business wouldn't be flooded.
Many sand bags were laid down.
People posted on Facebook their cries for help and their neighbors came to their rescue.
Strangers united for the purpose of helping their neighbors here.
This got me thinking about my neighbors and "We The People" who have recently weathered a political storm of sorts.
With only a few weeks before the Presidential inauguration is about to take place, I'm thinking about what the world will look like now.
I'm thinking about what preparations "we the people" should be taking.
And by sitting here writing this blog post I'm taking a different path, and I don't feel indifference will be one of the streets names.
I feel it in my bones.
My heart is swept away with sadness as we say goodbye to the Obamas and try to prepare for the Trumps.
As I sat in the comfort of my home yesterday when the sky was grey and the earth was wet, I enjoyed the sound of the rain.
Those that know me well know that I LOVE THE RAIN!
Rain brings life and green and green is my favorite color.
(that's your one light hearted side note beloved reader)
Now, I'm thinking about how water is life and at the same time how powerfully destructive it can be.
The same could be said about music.
Music brings life.
"Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music."
Today here in Reno there is much talk of levee's and bridges.
I somehow feel like the life giving water levee of the White House will be left dry after January 20th when it once was so full.
The sun came out for only a few hours today and already so much of the water is dry. In a matter of 24hrs it all looks so different now and will again look different tomorrow as predictions of more snow are headed our way.
But when I think of levee's and them being dry, musically speaking, Don Mclean's song American Pie comes to my mind of course.
(in my life there is a song for everything and everything is a song)
Okay, so maybe you get two light hearted side notes...
When asked to interpret the meaning of this classic song Don left it up to we the listeners and never really gave a clear description for it all.
In the interview that you can listen to below he talks about how it started with the death of Buddy Holly, but then morphed into something so much greater.
"Politics and music flow in the same channel because music is created by the society that is under it."
Somehow, I feel as though this could be a theme song for this present moment we find our country in.
Will the music die?
Will "WE THE PEOPLE" no longer sing the songs of freedom and grace or
Will we prepare our hearts, our minds, our voices to continue to sing out that great song that brings us all together as the United States of America?
Will we silently sit by and let the music of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness die
Will we come together again for one great purpose?
Will we stop the commentary and personal opinions if only for a moment to hear what our neighbors are crying out?
It's funny how whats happening in the natural can affect the super natural.
What happened here yesterday in the natural can be a new beginning for our biggest little city.
What happened on November 11th was the beginning of a song, a cry that we thought was buried here, but so painfully has come to life for our immediate attention.
It has brought about a political storm of record proportions.
Next Monday my children will be home from school again, this time not because of any storm, for I have no doubt that like it did today the sun will be out and the land will be dry again.
No, my teenagers will be home to celebrate and remember a man named Martin Luther King jr. I will remind them that this is a holiday that all states recognize but one, and we will once again pause from everyday life.
I find it so interesting that it comes the Monday before the week ends with a very sad inauguration day.
What happens in Washington on January 20th will also be a new beginning that "We The People" get to decide what the ending will look like.
How can one voice speak to so many people?
How can one song can capture so many emotions?
I'm convinced that The music will NOT die and thankfully in the super natural a mortal man does not fill the levee's of our hearts.
Although the levee's here in Reno will be dry in the natural the super natural state of this girls heart will be full.
Full of Love.
Full of Prayers.
Full of Song.
You know what song I'll be singing on January 20th?