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I stand on the sand, and I'm rocking grief to sleep in my arms.

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Our thanksgiving plans

I started a thread a few days ago that ended up very lively.

I just want to update that my son's girlfriend was exposed to covid by a co-worker, so now the plan is that my middle son and i will be eating together and we'll be delivering food and dropping it on their doorstop, since they will be quarantined.

all this time she could have worked from home, but her asshole boss would not allow it.

I'm slightly heartbroken but as I told my son, I have not been living in isolation for 8 1/2 months to catch my death from covid over thanksgiving dinner. at least we learned this today and not next Friday. Bad enough, they had her father and grandmother over to their house just yesterday. Hopefully, hopefully, this turns out well.

the earlier thread:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100214572807

DU, what are your plans for Thanksgiving this year?

I've been in the house for over 8 months, living with my middle son who works in a grocery. My youngest son lives with his girlfriend the next town over and he's been working from home for over 8 months but goes out much more often than I do. His girlfriend has to go to work every day, 5 days a week, even though her job could be done from home (I will be forever bitter over this stupid selfish decision).

We are eating together on Thanksgiving. Since the pandemic, we have been together a handful of times, including one evening at their house for the older one's birthday. At 4pm EST, we will have a ZOOM with the rest of the family, meaning my son and his family, their father and his wife, and possibly the middle son's 2 sisters.

I am 65 with comorbidities and frankly, scared. I know I'll keep the patio door open unless it's pouring rain outside. We will make the table bigger so we can sit further apart. I am thinking that I will provide separate serving spoons for each person. I don't know. It's my favorite holiday and I love making the feast and being with my loved ones, but covid looms large.

My niece is having a bunch of people over (in Eastern WA and Idaho), and my sister says she'll probably go. She's 71 with early Alzheimer's. I am distressed over this but from what she's posted on fb, I know there's no point in appealing to her to change plans, just for this year.

So I really wonder how y'all are planning to stay well, not just for thanksgiving but for all of the dark winter of 2020-21.

It drives me slightly apeshit

that after all these years of abuse, lies, disrespect, name-calling, demonization and hate, liberals are now supposed to be the grown-ups one more time, and "understand" the angst of the losers of the election.

They called me an idiot. They've been using "liberal" as a dirty word for years. They claim that I am not even an American even though they know damn well that I was born, raised, and never lived anywhere else but the USA.

They threaten me physically. They have verbally abused me for years. Trump is a classic abuser. I don't support their racist, authoritarian, anti-American policies. I find their leader to be a severely damaged demagogue and wannabe dictator. I believe in science, in welcoming immigrants, in equality, true equality for everyone, and equal opportunities for all.

Is there anyone in the republican party or on the right generally calling for understanding of the left wing of the American body politic? Anyone? Anyone at all?

I don't feel a huge urge to make nice. To me, trump and his cult are the epitome of the snake who talked the frog into taking him across the river, then killed the frog on the other side. The frog said, you promised you wouldn't do that, and the snake said, you should have known that I would do that. I'm a snake.

It's fucking hard to hug a snake. Peace.
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