She came in through the garage door and put her notebook on the counter. Her husband looked up from his newspaper and asked, “How did the meeting go?”
“Don’t ask, it was horrible!”
“Want to punch a pillow horrible or just scream really loud horrible?”
She smiled a little and said, “Ugh.”
“Tell me what happened?”
“On the stupid school board wants to abolish the entire after school program. I mean it is the only source of art and music most of those kids get and it is “free” after school care so the kids are safe. It is crazy!’
My Dad knew everything. Ok, so maybe he didn’t really know everything, but he did come up with some things I have never heard anywhere else. I was reminded of that tonight when this word prompt sent me looking for definitions of agate.
Flashback to my youth. We knew some people who had some just born puppies. Of course, we fell in love with them and “had to” have one. They were a Pekingese and Poodle mix – a Pekipoo. Of course, we had a tough decision to make, what to name the little guy. I don’t really remember any of the names that were thrown out in the voting hat except the winner, the one Dad came up with. I still remember him walking into the living room with a dictionary in hand saying, “How about Agate?”
Dad was a “rock-hound” and had studied Geology in college. We were all thinking Dad wanted to name our dog after a rock. No way! That is when Dad began to read out one of the definitions in this old dictionary we had. “Agate means a small diminutive person.” After the jokes were passed around about our short mom, we began to warm up to the name. It was unique. It described him well as he was small. So, Agate became a part of our family.
“Okay, I give up Sam. Why are you so gloomy today? You have been moping around since you got up,” said her roommate Jan.
“I am just really dragging my feet for tomorrows vis-à-vis with management.”
“You haven’t done anything wrong though, have you?”
“Well it depends what kind of mood the bosses are in. If they are all pissy about company image, I could get in trouble for being at the rally last night.”
“That was a perfectly fine demonstration for BLM. There was no violence, no looting, no vandalism it was a peaceful protest. Are their employees not allowed to have a voice in this world?”
“Don’t snap at me. I know it was right to be there. This violence has to stop. But 2 of the 3 managers are old white guys with privilege. I just don’t see them as the type to support anything like this.”
“Now who is being prejudice? Give them a chance. Are they talking to you in groups or individually?”
“No one seems to know.”
“Well don’t worry about it tonight, let’s pop some popcorn and watch a movie to get your mind off of it.”
“Now that is the best thing I have heard all day.”
(I know my memory is not the best, but I heard a news report about someone being fired because they wanted to wear a BLM mask to work and they had also been a part of the protesting. It is so wrong to fire someone over standing up for people’s rights.)