Today the US Supreme Court stripped a rogue Kentucky county clerk of her power -- a clerk who bullied same sex couples applying for marriage certificates by refusing them service.
I'm not quite ready to celebrate.
Nearly thirty years ago, a clerk refused to issue me a marriage certificate because I would not take my husband's name.
I can't help wondering if my clerk was her rebel mother.
Photo of moss in Milwaukee's Third Ward. Moss might look dead at times but, with even slight nourishment, resurrects repeatedly.
Do you keep a catalog of wrongs – a list of thoughtless words your coworkers, your child, your husband, your neighbor spewed? Mean, knucklehead deeds that rattled you so much you had to walk away or “vent” or teach them a lesson?
I did until I worked at a nursing home and glimpsed my future. Elderly people, who spent their lives tapping the sharp lead of their pencils on their tongues before scribing others' sins, suffer the most.
Patience is a muscle when you are old. Sometimes the only muscle. Without it, you become brittle and shards of bone leach from your every pore. No one wants to touch you.
Now determines then.
Photo of Janet Keller by Lora Keller
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