Thursday, August 9, 2007
Elections and martial arts
I hope you went out and voted Tuesday. I did — at 7:15 a.m.! Generally, I vote on the way to work and am normally among the first five or so to vote in the Laws Hill precinct.
Tuesday morning I actually stood in line! And people were steadily coming in behind me. I was quite excited. I seldom get to see some of my neighbors and saying “Hello” to Miss Fadrie, Beverly and Ben was a nice start to the day.
I liked the new voting machines also.
I’m not a Republican and always vote in the Democratic primary. I have to admit I didn’t vote for Haley Barbour four years ago, but this election I will enthusiastically vote for him. His leadership, guidance and just plain ole hard work and compassion during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina several years ago has been extraordinary. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is still a disaster area, but I think he and the Mississippi state government are going above and beyond the call of duty in getting the area back to whatever version of normal is possible.
I am not as interested in politics as I know I should be — presidential candidates are already flooding the airwaves and I’m dreading the coming election year in 2008 — mostly because the national campaigns seem to be so “mean.”
• On a lighter note, Gremlin, my youngest granddaughter, age 9, is going to be following in our Scottish correspondent Mark Entwhistle’s illustrious footsteps — she has finally talked her mother into enrolling her in martial arts classes.
There have been many long and serious discussions about the classes with many, many promises from Grem.
Binky, the ‘older’ sister, has taken ballet lessons for five or six years now. She annually dances in “The Nutcracker,” put on by her dance school.
She is the epitome of a ballerina — tiny, thin and “floaty.” (Looks can be deceiving though.)
One of the promises Remy has to make (and keep) is that she will never, ever use her new martial arts skills on her sister. Gremlin has always been the most aggressive of the two. She has the theory that she can “beat” her sister up, but heaven help anyone else who tries to hurt her.
After visiting the martial arts studio Friday afternoon, Grem came home, practicing some of the moves she saw and getting awfully close to her big sister.
Binky hasn’t taken ballet for years for no reason though — she aimed a well-placed “battement” (high kick) in Remy’s direction.
Calling that “round” a draw, Remy is now promising a bit more sincerely that she won’t be practicing martial arts on her ‘delicate,’ ballerina sister.
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