by Doctor Science
Yesterday I was achy and a little feverish, feeling like I was coming down with something brought in by Band Camp Girl. We seemed to be out of acetaminophen (I can't take ibuprofen: one dose is great, the second makes me throw up), but I sent BCG across to the Chinese restaurant for 2 quarts of Hot & Sour Soup. I ate one quart last night (eked out with rice) and one this morning and *poof!* I was all better. Chinese Penicillin.
This evening I followed a little of the Democratic convention via the twitters, then tuned in to c-span.org for Michelle Obama's speech. Hot donuts, that was some speechifyin'. The part that resonated most for me was:
We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make...that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.I'm struck by the contrast with Ann Romney's speech:
We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters...that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules...and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square.
We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean...and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect.
It's true that Mitt has been successful at each new challenge he has taken on. It amazes me to see his history of success actually being attacked. Are those really the values that made our country great? As a mom of five boys, do we want to raise our children to be afraid of success?Doing "okay" is okay, where I come from -- there's nothing shameful about being a janitor, as long as you're a *good* janitor. Shame is for people who don't believe janitoring deserves a living wage and safe working conditions.
Do we send our children out in the world with the advice, "Try to do... okay?"
It may be because I'm following the adventures of Balloon Juice's Angry Black Lady/Cranky White Guy Road Trip Extravaganza, but the DNC looks a lot livelier and more *fun* than the RNC. How does it look to you guys?