I have always controlled my own body. I did not need to march for that right to do so.
I worked for over 50 years and it was pretty easy to find work. I did not march to find it.
I never felt I needed to march to make my point to elected officials either. I called them on the telephone or wrote letters and I VOTED IN EVERY ELECTION.
I am pretty certain I paid the same price at the gas pump and grocery store as those with more money than I had. When there were gas shortages I did have to wait in a long line more than a few times.
I was never on public assistance, but for many years I had no insurance on my children. If we went to doctors we paid the bill. Thank goodness we were pretty healthy. There were a few lean years that a few extra free dollars would have made life a little easier.
I learned how to sew and how to cook, garden, and can food. I believe in recycling and composting.
I never asked for anything from the government.
I do not mind that people can get assistance when they are “in a pinch.”
I have known people that I helped who needed money for food, spend the money given to them on rib eyes and porterhouse steaks and lobster, when they told me they were down to a few cans of food in their pantry. That $100 could have filled their pantry with beans, rice and healthy nutritious foods. I grew up in a family of seven- we ate lots of beans. As a matter of, I had pintos for dinner last night. They were great!
It was interesting to see the marchers on television. It looked like a great happening.
I am not a fan or crowds-be it a mobs or riots or traffic jams.
I don’t think marching makes anyone better off than someone who did not march.
But if it was a good way to make you feel better-you should do it and often.
As I said in the beginning, I have always controlled my body-also my mind. I have learned to have a healthy questioning attitude. I don’t embrace every news story or every new idea I read.
Although I certainly don’t mind if anyone else does.
©Nancilynn Saylor January 2017