Mother Wit

Dear Readers: A friend of mine, Pat Schneider is a gifted writer and teacher of writing who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Years ago I was one of the Campus Ministers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Pat has edited a book titled; In Our Own Voices, Writings by Women in Low-Income Housing. At the beginning of the book, she has these words from Muriel Rukeyser; “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open”.

Marilyn and I have shared with each other and with our readers, “important truths of our lives”. It is my hope that our efforts at truth-telling will be not only be interesting to the reader, but will also encourage others to expeience the liberation that comes from personal “truth telling”.

I write with some frequency about my maternal grandmother, “Mama Irene”. She was filled with the folk wisdom she gained in her native South Carolina. We call that wisdom, Mother Wit. One of her “sayings” speaks a simple truth that we all know, but need to remember and remember: “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it doesn’t behoove any of us to talk about the rest of us.”

I am not a fan of the bashing directed at either Barack Obama or Sarah Palin. I admit that I am closer to agreeing with the vision and worldview of President Obama than I am to that of Sarah Palin. But the bashing that both of them receive, violates the truth of Mama Irene. There is good and less-than-good in Palin and Obama and some of the crticisms of both of them give the impression that the critics are without flaws. We know this is not true.

I received a bit of criticism when I wrote something that expressed appreciation for the support that former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife have given to their daughter Mary and her partner Heather Poe and their child. But I am consistent in my efforts to follow the wisdom of Mama Irene and so I end this writing with the following announcement:

“Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, welcomed their seventh grandchild, Sarah Lynne Cheney, Wednesday, November 18, 2009. She weighed 6 lbs, 14 oz. Her parents are the Cheney’s daughter Mary and her partner, Heather Poe.”

Congratulations to all!

Elder Brother, aka EB