Vote for the fourth-year cure
Friday September 04th 2020, 5:20 pm
Filed under: Family,Food,Politics

Back when our kids were teens, Richard’s older sister had been feeling unwell and after running lots of tests, her doctor sent her to a hematologist.

Her first inkling of what she was in for was when she had to walk past the oncology sign to get to the man’s office. Nobody had said anything about cancer. It was her fortieth birthday.

And thus began her fight with a type of lymphoma that, at the time, had had zero cures and three known cases of remission ever, and it was not caught early.

They can cure it now. Back then, they kept coming up with new treatments that kept giving her a little more time. Her youngest was eleven, and while they were telling her to put her affairs in order she wanted to see her kids grow up.

Eight years later, she got her youngest off to college and saw a son married to a good woman. Six weeks later she was gone.

Richard had just started a new job when he heard her diagnosis and had no accrued time off but his boss’s reaction was, Go. Now. Go see your sister. I don’t want to see you for a week.

The fact that it was summer vacation made it easy to throw the kids in the car and drive to Salt Lake City.

We did that long drive so many summers after, wanting to see her while we could, wanting to be supportive in person as much as possible.

And every time we drove home, the Sierra Nevadas gave way to flat farmland and signs like the ones beckoning, Pistachios $2/lb!

(Those were the immature nuts that were closed as tight as a fist and a royal pain to crack. You want the ones that smile for the camera, you pay $3 but they didn’t tell you that till you got out of your car, and if you wanted them shelled that was a whole ‘nother thing altogether.)

The family of knitting friends who immigrated from Iran own one of those pistachio orchards, that being a traditional crop back home, and I’ve often wondered if we ever passed their farm. Wonderful people.

Michelle is doing the long drive home from her sister’s and asked us if we wanted her to pick up anything along the way. We knew where she’d be coming through, so I said something about maybe pistachios–don’t take the time for us, take care of yourself first and foremost, but if you want to stop and if you’re interested, sure, I’d be interested.

Some hours later the phone rang.

She was sorry but there would be no farm stops on this trip.

No problem at all, we weren’t counting on it–it was just wistful memories.

Because, she said: farm after farm had great big Trump signs. And she just couldn’t.

And I wondered, do they want so hard to stay unconflicted and unchallenged in their bubble that they’re willing to kill off half their summer tourist income for it? Not to mention, and all that for someone who’s tried so hard to take away the healthcare they maybe have no idea how much they might need someday?

I guess they do.

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I guess they do.
I could tell you about my sister, a Canadian who got her US citizenship (after 45 or so years) for pretty much the express purpose of voting for you know who.
I just don’t understand.
And sometimes it makes for difficult conversations.
Yeah, not fun.
Chris S

Comment by Chris S in Canada 09.04.20 @ 8:31 pm

I’m glad Michelle was able to visit with her sister and her family and had a safe trip.

I’m shaking my head with you on the political aspect. As the proverb says: common sense is not as common as one would think…

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 09.05.20 @ 6:31 am

I don’t blame her; I wouldn’t have been able to either.

Comment by ccr in MA 09.05.20 @ 12:11 pm

My husband was going to get corn at the stand today when getting gas for the lawnmower. He came home and told me it was republican corn today so he didn’t get any. I asked if they had flags or signs on the truck (I would be really surprised if they did), but he said that the seller wasn’t wearing a mask, nor were any of the people buying from him. “Probably between 17 and 19, so putting a lot of other folks in his life at risk too.” Clearly in violation of our state mandate, possibly a college rule, and we are pretty sure against the corn owners rules.

Comment by Barbara 09.05.20 @ 8:02 pm

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