Inquiring minds want to know.....Why
did Tom DeLay choose Friday, June 9 as his last day in
Congress? It was not the end of a pay period. It was not the
end of a session. It was the end of the week, but that is
the only thing I can see unless Iím missing something. We
know why he didnít announce that he wasnít running until
April 4. That was to try to insure that Republican officials
could choose the person to replace him on the ballot. It
hasnít really worked out that way, but I still want to know.
Why June 9?
Itís never over.......Most of my
faithful readers know that I am in the throes of moving from
one house to another. I donít know if I will ever get
unpacked and straight. I called my brother in Memphis last
week and told him to make plans to spend Christmas someplace
else besides Houston.
ďWhy?Ē he asked. ďBecause Iíll still be
moving!Ē, I shouted in his ear.
Other moving thoughts.....During this
packing and unpacking, I spent the time going through my
mothers things. She has been gone several years, but when
she moved to Houston a couple of year before she died, we
just moved all her stuff and figured we would go through
them at some later date.
That later date has arrived and I
resolved not to move a bunch of stuff I wouldnít have room
for anyway. Imagine my surprise to find old letters from my
daughter and I that she had kept. I never dreamed that she
had kept them because as the years went by we used the
telephone more and more (cheap long distance) and didnít
write as much.
The letters were interesting for me
because they provided a slice of life about what we were
doing at the time. Things I had certainly forgotten. But it
made me think. What with the internet and emails, we will
lose that letter-writing part of our life.
Emails donít lend themselves to long,
chatty letters filled with everyday occurrences.
Emails are short, pithy, and usually sans
capital letters. Lots of initials, like lol (laugh out loud)
or IMHO (in my humble opinion-took me a long time to figure
that one out as I havenít had a humble opinion in my entire
One just doesnít save emails. It would be
impossible. All the printing, all the paper--and how many
times has your computer crashed and you lost everything.
No, we are losing a wonderful source of
information for future archeologists. Maybe they can dig up
old hard drives to find the way we lived, although Iím not
sure we put all that in emails, like we used to in letters.
In re-reading some of Momís letters from
us, I realized how she enjoyed them. It got kind of boring
in Ballinger (ďYou have no idea,Ē she used to say) but she
could take out our letters and re-read them or read them to
my father. Gave them something to talk about after 60 years.
So if you have an elderly relative, sit
down and write them a long, newsy letter--something like
that Christmas letter you send out once a year. Itís a small
thing that brings such joy.
And another thing.....Except for
boxes of dishes and clothes, the next most boxes I moved
were....family pictures. Our family has always been
shutterbugs. My mom told me that when she and my dad were
courting, they would take his convertible and go ďkodakingĒ
with other couples at local landmarks. Thatís what they
Pictures are another thing that the
internet is destroying. Oh, we still take plenty--even more
than we used to take because digital pictures are so cheap.
There is no developing costs and you can just throw them on
your computer and choose the ones you like.
I suppose some people take their digital
pictures in to be developed, but I must admit that I donít
anymore. I take so many in my business and just leave them
on my computer until it gets too full.
But where will my grandchildren look for
our family pictures? Are they going to be left with a bunch
of computer discs? Printed pictures seem to stop at this
In the newspaper business, digital
pictures are a boon. When we have someoneís mug shot, we can
store it under their name and itís right at our fingertips
when we need it again.
But the only permanent view of life in
Fort Bend is in the printed pages we produce as we donít
archive any photos except appointed and elected officials.
Donít get me wrong. I love my computer.
Iím sitting here in my pjs, eating Raisin Bran and typing up
this little epistle. When I finish, Iíll email it to my
office and with any luck at all be able to completely avoid
the office. Then I can unpack some more boxes.
Let me get this straight.....President
Bush vetoes the use of unwanted fertilized eggs (stem cells)
for medical research because he believes in the sanctity of
life, but he has no compunction about sending young men to
Iraq. I think even us l-----ls are not the only ones to see
the dichotomy in that.