I posted this on FB last night, and I want to tell the Women of DU how I honored you:
I'm humbled and awed by the many women in my life. That is why my hope for the future is stronger now than ever. Please indulge my love for all of them for a few of your precious moments.
I'll start with a beautiful story from some of our original Americans in Wikipedea; "They came upon an area that is now called The Dalles and thought they had never seen a land so beautiful. The sons quarreled over the land and to solve the dispute, their father shot two arrows from his mighty bow; one to the north and the other to the south. Pahto followed the arrow to the north and settled there while Wy'east did the same for the arrow to the south. Saghalie then built Tanmahawis, the Bridge of the Gods, so his family could meet periodically.
When the two sons of Saghalie both fell in love with a beautiful maiden named Loowit, she could not choose between them. The two young chiefs fought over her, burying villages and forests in the process. The area was devastated and the earth shook so violently that the huge bridge fell into the river, creating the Cascades Rapids of the Columbia River Gorge.
For punishment, Saghalie struck down each of the lovers and transformed them into great mountains where they fell. Wy'east, with his head lifted in pride, became the volcano known today as Mount Hood and Pahto, with his head bent toward his fallen love, was turned into Mount Adams. The fair Loowit became Mount St. Helens, known to the Klickitats as Louwala-Clough which means "smoking or fire mountain" in their language (the Sahaptin called the mountain Loowit).
Since the start of the last POTUS campaign my own hand and hope has been strengthened over and over by the strong, smart and wise women in my humble life, who include many who are my dear FB friends. When I saw "Loowit" myself I was humbled to my knees at her power to change in an instant all life and earth around her. And then from the gorgeous rivers that began to flow all around her, the trees, some destroyed in that instant now lying flat on the ground like giant burned cinders while other trees have grown tall since Loowit last showed her awesome power to the humbled eyes of all wise men throughout the earth.
And now I myself lay awed and humbled like those burned cinders, by every daughter of Loowit I have seen and heard everywhere, past and present in our great nation. And I wish to humbly honor those American women who stand in proud and strong opposition as our most powerful defense against Trump and his tiny minions. YOU will change the land, trees and rivers of the future life of our beloved country. YOUR power will overcome ALL the tiny edicts of the little men who cower all around you in weak and bitter hatred against all that is great about our country. I know the future will be wonderful because of YOUR own immense and awesome power,
Because of ALL of you, I'm not worried about the future one little bit!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
Profile InformationName: Joe Otterbein
Hometown: DelMarVa & PA (heading to PNW soon!)
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