So, it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post. Life has been keeping me busy. Most of my input into the online world has been in the form of quick Facebook status updates. Drive-by posting on the way downstairs to work or in the evenings after the kids are in bed, with guilty stops in during the day when I’m supposed to be doing my ebay stuff. My mind has been full of the trivia of daily life, and I’ve not been able to really get emotionally connected to a lot of the stories coming across my news feed.
The other reason I’ve neglected my blog is that it’s a Patheos blog. Back over when I was blogging over at Blogger, I was just doing it for myself, no muss, no fuss, no stress. Then I got invited over here and all of a sudden I’m a real blogger on a real website. I started to feel like whatever I posted needed to be important. I should only write when I had something to say that I was passionate about. Something to do with the news or timeless truths and stuff like that.
Well, I can be profound when the need arises, but so much of my life revolves around the beautifully banal world of being a wife and mom and business owner. Hubby hurt his back, son needs a costume for the school play, cat barfed on the rug kinda stuff. Not terribly profound, except that one time when the cat barf looked vaguely like an image of Rush Limbaugh. I’m pretty sure that was an accident and not a social commentary by my cat, but only because he doesn’t know who Rush Limbaugh is.
I realized lately that this point of view won’t work. I write what I write because I want to write it, not because someone assigned me a story or everyone is nattering on about the latest scandal in the news. Okay, so some days I’ll tackle international diplomacy and drone strikes, but this is still my blog, so other days I’ll write about my penchant for chicken livers (tossed in a mix of flour and Italian bread crumbs and sauteed in a mix of oil and butter) and fried eggplant. You like what I write, you are most welcome. You don’t like what I write, well, don’t let the door hit you in the backside on your way out.
Right now, I have a tummy full of chicken livers and I’m relaxing after a full day working. I caught the news today that the Catholic Pope is resigning. You know, there’s a lot I could say about the child sexual abuse scandals in the Church, but seriously, I think we Muslims need to take care of our own issues before we point self-righteous fingers at other faiths. I’ll just say that anyone anywhere who abuses a child should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, religion or social status notwithstanding. It has nothing to do with Catholicism and everything to do with humanity.
What else is on the news? Controversy over US drone strikes, the Grammy awards, another courthouse shooting, a blizzard, spiders falling from the skies in Brazil. There’s a lot going on out there. I guess I’d better read up on it all so I can share a bit more of my pithy comments and my sometimes snarky point of view. Tomorrow. Tonight I’m going to digest my dinner and then have some fried eggplant for a snack later, inshaAllah. Oh, and there’s a new comedy showing in my very own living room. It’s part two of “Egyptian Husband Hangs Curtains”. Part one was yesterday, and it was quite a show, I’ll tell you. Give an Egyptian a power drill and he’ll make more holes in the wall than there are in a wheel of Swiss cheese. I’m going to just make some tea and enjoy the show. Banal? Probably. But it’s my life and since some of you seem interested I’ll keep babbling til they kick me out of here.