By SUSAN DROMEY HEETER, Joyful Musings
And here we are, another midterm election over and I muse joyfully on the action taken by so many people around our beautiful country. We voted. We canvassed. We spoke our truth. We are recommitted to democracy.
And I muse joyfully that we will keep our gas tanks full, that we will continue to watch and run for school boards, will attend city council meetings, and will not take voting, politicians, governors, representatives for granted. I muse joyfully we will stay informed, ignore pundits on Fox news, support and hold accountable both local and national media.
As for me?
Today I muse joyfully on the new towels I purchased to celebrate democracy. Yes, new towels that are thick, heavy, NEW. Yesterday a friend and I traveled to Crate and Barrel and I purchased a set of gray, Turkish towels for our new abode.
And, you ask, why such a thrill? Well, because the last time I bought new towels, I was using a landline, rolling down my car windows manually and believing Bernie Maddock a wizard of Wall Street. It’s been a while.
Am I proud of the length of time we used towels from last century? Certainly not, but my little family had enough towels that served their purpose, that worked to dry us, that performed their duty.
In 1987, my mother gave me a set of towels to take to the University of Pennsylvania where I was studying one summer. They were white with pink flowers. I used those for decades, mercifully, they are gone, they were literal rags upon their departure, they had lasted long past their sell-by date, they owed me nothing.
Alas, now, we have new towels. And just like democracy, a page has been turned.
And, now, I muse joyfully on investing in new towels, new towels my family will use that are luxurious, new, welcomed additions to the bath, our new house.
It doesn’t take much, Joyful Musers, to create joy, to inspire a new start. Towels. The prospect of democracy at work. Voting. Enjoy your new start and keep your tank full and if you need new towels? Oh, do invest, dear Musers, it’s time.
Susan Dromey Heeter is a writer from Dover who recently let her hair go au natural white. Writing has been her passion since her English majoring days at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dromey Heeter has lived in The Netherlands, Alaska and currently basks in all things New England, including the frigid winters. An avid swimmer, Dromey Heeter’s great passion is to bring back body surfing as most children have no idea how to ride waves without ridiculous boogie boards.