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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Dress Rehearsal?


I had a strange, dissonant experience this morning - that led to a thought, a discovery and a question.

I’m on the U.S. west coast, so by the time my day begins the rest of the nation and the world has gotten quite a head start on murder, mayhem and natural disasters. Consequently, I try to avoid watching the news first thing when I get up, as too often I’m staring bleary-eyed at some horrific scene, sipping coffee and trauma and trying to get my sleep fogged brain to absorb whatever it is that is happening on the screen. Much easier to do after second cup of coffee, so even though my old mom already has the network news on in the living room when I wake up, I’ve been pretty successful at just sitting in the kitchen and tuning it out until I am ready.

This morning, however, as I wandered into the kitchen to get my first cup, out of the corner of my eye I caught the scene on the TV… people being rounded up and herded into buses. My stomach immediately dropped and I moved closer, trying to figure out what was going on. I heard only snippets - “... illegal immigrants… thousands… arrested… managers charged… “ because my mom, who was thoroughly appalled, was at the same time trying to tell me what was happening - “It’s going on all over the country! They are arresting them!”. Oh jeeze, I thought, what fresh hell, etc?

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