Personal Thoughts and A $1000 Rafflecopter Giveaway
Hi! How are you all? If things weren’t heavy enough from one of my last posts here, they sure escalated real fast! I lost my dad May 30th, on my parent’s sixty-first wedding anniversary. We were all by his side and will spare you the details, but it was not the way you want to see your loved one leave this earth. A friend told me that what we are seeing is probably not what they are experiencing. I am clinging to that! As horrible as it is to lose my dad, I am so relieved that he is out of misery and no longer suffering.
Of course, that was also the day the protests and rioting started in Dallas and around the country. We were already so sad, but that made it an even more tragic day. I am so upset that my dad will not get the funeral he deserves right now.
So, about the protests and the riots.
I did not post last week because of my dad but also because I didn’t think it felt right to do so with the state of the country. I haven’t felt right about posting since COVID-19 started. There is so much heartache right now, and for me to send out a post of an outfit seems somewhat insensitive, I think, but it is what I do.
Back to what’s going on… I do understand why our black communities are outraged. I would be so angry, too, if the tables were turned, and it is not right how they are treated. We are all made from God’s image, so racism should not exist. I know that I have had white privilege my whole life. And I very much see that now. I just hadn’t examined it. I was just living my life and taking care of my family. My eyes are OPENED!
I have heard a lot of white people say that they feel guilty for being white.
I had that thought myself, but then I started thinking that I shouldn’t feel that way. God created me in my mother’s womb to be precisely the person I am, who happens to be white. I honestly think that my black friends would say that it is ridiculous to feel that way too. The whole situation is a wake-up call for all of us. We need to be more sympathetic and empathetic to what our black friends have gone through. One of my best black friends told me that she used to get pulled over all the time by the police for being black. That is wrong! We are all part of the body of Christ, and not one of us is more important because of the color of our skin, what our bodies look like, or whether we have green hair.
Now, about the police? Here are my thoughts on that.
We 100% need the police, and to defund them is crazy to me. They protect us and keep us safe (most of the time). Are there corrupt cops? Absolutely! Are there good cops? Yes! We live in a fallen world, and there is evil everywhere. There are bad clergy, doctors, lawyers, and politicians (most of them!), but that doesn’t mean the whole lot is corrupt.
I do agree that the police system (whatever that is) needs to be re-evaluated, so this doesn’t keep happening.
I’m not sure how you all feel, but I am guessing most of you will feel the same way. I had posted a picture of me and a friend of mine who is like a daughter to me (and she is black) on Instagram last week and got slammed by a few younger women on the post and slammed by two older women who direct messaged me. When you put yourself out there as I have, people think they can say anything to you, even if it’s hateful.
I don’t know who these women are, personally, and I know I should let it roll off my back like water off a duck, but damn, it hurts my feelings. And I don’t want that energy in my life. I’ve had my share of health problems and am too old to deal with those kinds of people. I can only be responsible for me. And I want to show love to the world.
I am going to try to get back to business as usual, but I would love to hear your thoughts. I started this blog to be an inspiration for women over fifty, to show fashion, beauty,(some breast cancer talk), and lifestyle. The main goal is for this to be a community of kind women. Please let me know how I can help or do you think that blogs like mine are even relevant anymore in the environment we are in.
So with all of that said, I love linen blazers in the summer.
It’s supposed to be close to 100 degrees this week, which means the AC will be on high everywhere. A summer blazer is my favorite piece to look pulled together in the summer, plus keep me warm when I freeze from the air being blasted. I got this blazer in New York several years ago, and it’s still one of my favorites. Paired with a cute top or tee and light washed jeans, it is one of my favorite summer looks. My shoes are old as the hills too! I haven’t been shopping very much and am trying to wear what I have in my closet.
I do believe in putting money into pieces that are classic and stand the test of time like my shoes. So I just bought these as my one pair of good summer shoes. I know I will have them for years and they will pay for themselves with wear. The bag is a copy of the Bottega Veneta bag that has been so popular. It is a great look-a-like bag in vegan leather.
We are helping my mom move her things over here. She will be living with us for the summer until we can help find our tenant who lives in the condo we own another place. My husband is working on that now. I had no idea how much you have to do when someone passes away. I think it’s sad that it can’t be an easier process. Well, I am just a big ray of sunshine today, aren’t I??? I promise that I will be more positive next time!
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Photos: Danielle Sabol
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