2011 is shaping up to be one heck of a year for so many people. There's so much going on in the world, it's hard to keep track, and goodness knows I don't know what to think about half of it.
Re: Libya, I don't understand why we are there. Ghadafi (however you choose to spell it) is a lunatic, but he's not our lunatic and his lunacy is not our business. People were being killed by their own government, but that's happened many places before and will happen many places again. We didn't interfere in Rwanda, we aren't interfering in Congo, and Kim Jong Il gets a pass despite starving millions. So why Libya? Is it because we can see them on tv? Is it because Europe wants Libya's oil and we owe Europe because some of them went along on our asinine invasion of Iraq? I'm sorry for the Libyan people--that they live under a madman, that their government isn't rolling over the way Tunisia's and Egypt's did--but making a no-fly zone isn't just some words on paper. It's our military, people and materiel, attacking another country. There's no way for that not to be ugly. And bloody. And expensive.
Japan--oh my goodness, poor Japan. Earthquakes, tsunamis, radiation; Oh My! But the Japanese have been struck out before and they've always come back; I have full faith they'll figure out a way to come back from these catastrophes, too. I'm making my little donations here and there, trying to get my dollars directly to Japanese charities instead of U.S. ones that will give to Japanese ones, as having a middleman must somehow decrease what actually gets to Japan. Still, I don't know how Japan's recovery will come about this time, with its aging population and the way radiation effects can linger. Will Japan go the route of Germany, with its immigrant Turks that it would rather went back to Turkey than try to assimilate, or will it invite immigrants to stay and become part of the family? I don't see how Japan can come back from this without foreign muscle, in addition to foreign aid.
On the home front, BabyGirl is thriving. She's five days past her due date now, so we get to quit referring to her Corrected Gestational Age in negative numbers. She grew out of the preemie-size diapers a couple of weeks after coming home and has now just grown out of the newborn size. KidOne is giving the leftover diapers to her social worker at the NICU for her to pass along to another family with a preemie. KidOne and DaddyP moved last week into a place with two bedrooms, so this weekend on my visit I'll be able to bring back KidOne's tortoise, who's been living in the garage here to free up some much-needed floor space in their tiny one-bedroom apartment.
KidOne turned 26 last week. Despite my labelling of her as KidOne, she's really an adult, as lovely and mature a daughter as any parent could hope for. She's taken to motherhood like a duck to water--it's a joy to watch her with our BabyGirl.
KidTwo came here yesterday to show me how to do some things on the computer. She took pictures of some things I've been wanting to sell online and walked me through posting my first item for sale on eBay just before she left. That item sold before KidTwo got to the freeway! It was lovely having her visit and so much fun to see how much she knew about using eBay, about how to advertise and why some people priced things the way they did.
KidThree turned 20 the day after KidOne turned 26. No more teenagers for Mom here! KidThree is almost really an adult, doing things on her own but listening to the opinions and advice of the adults in her life because she understands she's not got a fully mature mind just yet. A young adult who listens to real adults--also what every parent hopes for.
And Mom here is making progress on putting her book together.