Time. Women. Marching.

My daughter, Cai, recently expressed frustration and even anger at those individuals who claim the women’s marches on Saturday January 21, 2017 were a “waste of time.”

May I offer the following ways in which I have wasted my time.
1. watching mindless tv and media
2. excessive use of social media/screens/internet
3. agonizing over body weight, perceived relationship woes, and what members of the opposite sex think of my ass.

NOT on the list?
1. Walking. (I love to walk, and studies have shown it is REALLY good for you) So, we’ll count marching as a great form of physical movement at the very least.
2. Connecting with tribe. (If you follow any longevity studies, connecting with tribe leads to a longer and better life) So, again, we’ll count the connections made today as “good for you” and not a waste of time.
3. Exercising my constitutional rights. I’m not an expert on the constitution, so I had to google this one. “Amendment I. Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” WOW!! So cool that my brothers and sisters got out and got on with their first amendment rights. If the founding fathers didn’t think it’s a waste of time, I guess I can get behind it too.

OH, and who knows, we just might cause a revolution.  It’s been known to happen when enough women get pissed off.

womens-march-on-versailles
The Women’s March on Versailles, also known as The October March, The October Days, or simply The March on Versailles, was one of the earliest and most significant events of the French Revolution. The march began among women in the marketplaces of Paris who, on the morning of 5 October 1789, were near rioting over the high price and scarcity of bread. Their demonstrations quickly became intertwined with the activities of revolutionaries, who were seeking liberal political reforms and a constitutional monarchy for France. The market women and their various allies grew into a mob of thousands. Encouraged by revolutionary agitators, they ransacked the city armory for weapons and marched to the Palace of Versailles. The crowd besieged the palace, and in a dramatic and violent confrontation, they successfully pressed their demands upon King Louis XVI. The next day, the crowd compelled the king, his family, and most of the French Assembly to return with them to Paris. These events ended the king’s independence and signified the change of power and reforms about to overtake France. The march symbolized a new balance of power that displaced the ancient privileged orders of the French nobility and favored the nation’s common people, collectively termed the Third Estate. Bringing together people representing sources of the Revolution in their largest numbers yet, the march on Versailles proved to be a defining moment of that Revolution.  (Straight offa wikipedia)

The takeaways here?

  • Don’t underestimate any woman.  But especially  a whole bunch of us.
  • Do NOT take away our bread.
  • Oh, and FYI, things did NOT end well for King Louis XVI.  Just sayin.

In conclusion, like it or not (and y’all are so cool either way) By my definitions and 46 years of wisdom, The Women’s March may have been a lot of things, but a “waste of time” was not among them.

Light and Love,

Big Laura

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