When words fail me.

I haven’t been blogging as often for many reasons, but for at least the last year, I’ve been at a loss for how to respond to what I’ve seen happening in our country.

This is a food blog, not a political blog. But in some ways it feels frivolous to talk about dessert when it feels like the world I know is falling apart.

My father was born in Iraq, and was a refugee as a child. My (Jewish) family was forced to flee due to religious persecution. My grandmother’s biggest hurt was that her neighbors, who she once considered friends, stood by silently and did nothing to prevent violence against their Jewish neighbors and former friends.

I can personally assure you that children and adults who suffer these kind of traumas don’t just magically shake them off, and this pain and suffering affects future generations.

We are inflicting the very same kind of damage to our Muslim, Native, immigrant and trans communities right now, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s naive to believe the fear-mongering will stop there.

We, collectively and personally are deciding who we are and what we stand for. Our actions (or inaction) in the next months and year are important than ever to our country and our planet.

One of my very favorite wise women, Dianne Connelly spoke of living in a way that honors your ancestors and grandchildren. That feels like a particularly reliable compass through turbulent times. I know I will regret it if I don’t make sure that I can live with my choices decades from now.

So please. Choose kindness. For yourself, and for those around you. Maybe that’s making phone calls or writing letters. Maybe it’s donating money. Heck, maybe it’s running for office. Or maybe it’s just being much more conscious about offering kindness to the people you see every day. Especially the people you habitually pass by and don’t really see.

But choose to care. It matters.

And Genghis Khat says hi.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to When words fail me.

  1. carrie says:

    (((Hugs))) I am so grateful to know you. Thank you for sharing about your family.

  2. Laura says:

    Thank you for posting this Cheryl. You’re not alone in your feelings.

  3. Patti Levine says:

    I respect and appreciate you sharing your story with your followers. My family and I understand your experiences with religious bias, we too are Jewish. This is not a political forum but our fears and concerns are real and need to be shared and know that we are not alone….and thank you for sharing yours. A faithful follower…Patti

  4. Thanks so much, Carrie, and I appreciate what you’ve shared, too.

    Laura, I appreciate the reminder that many of us share this fear!

    Patti, thanks for the affirmation. I did have mixed feelings about posting. I’m glad I did.

  5. Debi says:

    Your words haven’t failed you. I count myself fortunate to have a friend like you with so much empathy and understands how we all need to learn from history (world and family).

  6. Thank you, Debi. Your posts help keep me up on news I would have otherwise missed.

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