From: Cody and the Fountain of Happiness
Written by Tricia Springstubb
Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Candlewick Press, 2015
By now everyone reading this knows my political leanings and knows that I’ve been trying really hard to keep my opinions to myself. The news is getting overwhelming, though. Making lists usually helps me get a handle on my thoughts, so I decided to make a list of those items troubling me the most. I had a hard time deciding what was most important. So, drawing on my librarian’s training, I chose alphabetical order.
Clean Water Act
Health Care Reform
Off-shore oil Drilling
Questions about Everything (thanks, Nancy!)
Same Sex Marriage
Sea Level Rise
Separation of Church and State
Using Twitter instead of the Press
Okay, I missed Z. But maybe the doubles and triples. . .make up for the lack.
When I thought of this idea for a blog, I was getting ready for the Women’s March and answered my own question: Why was I doing this march? I had a good list. When I did factory piece-work, I kept my mind busy by making alphabetical lists of women's names, action verbs, cities. . . I laughed at myself when I thought I could make a list of 26 issues bothering me. I was wrong to laugh.
Three and a half weeks into this new administration it's time to stop laughing. It's time to stop hand-wringing It's time to stop talking. It’s way time for me to get to work.
If you have an idea for that missing Z, send me a comment (or two). --stay curious!