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I don't remember ever being under curfew until this week...

Monday, June 01, 2020

And I'm "old", folks. Old enough to remember times of unrest where cities were being burnt and vandalized in the past. I remember Rodney King, "why can't we all just get along". I was a teenager in the 60's, that would be the 1960's... when riots erupted over the Viet Nam war. I remember watching the television coverage in "far away" Chicago, being heart-broken 50 years ago when Kent State was big news, seeing the Watts riots. It was all so far away, sort of disconnected from our little state. Our little agricultural based, homogeneous (I naively thought at the time), middle of nowhere state.

Yesterday the mayor declared a curfew. Today she repeated the act. So now, beyond being "stay home" directed because I'm over 65... I'm not even supposed to poke my nose out the door until 6 a.m.

Does it bother me? Not from an action point of view, it's kind of what I do anyway. But from a pure "freedom" point of view, somewhat. From a concern for others point of view, yes. I have friends that live a lot closer to the places where the protests are happening. I worry about them. I have friends (and in some cases relatives) who have gone to participate in them. And I worry about them, too. Not just because of the potential of them getting drawn into violent confrontation, but because of the "large crowd" aspect of the transmission of Covid 19.

Praying for communities large and small across our nation. For ways to get through this, without tearing ourselves apart!
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    I remember all the incidents you mentioned, I am afraid they will continue as long as some people are are not heared. emoticon
    32 days ago
    Our DD is in St Louis ... they were just told that a riot is gathering in South County where she lives.

    I am beside myself with ... concern.

    Everyone wants to be "heard". It's hard to hear over the sound of a riot.
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  • HOLLYM48
    I pray for peace and healing for all of us. Living in the city where this whole mess started, its devastating to know that a man lost his life so needlessly and the riots and destruction that came out of it. Minneapolis is burned and destroyed for many blocks. The destruction won't bring George back. I hope their voices have been heard and changes will come from this. Be safe
    32 days ago

    I remember past curfews (for various reasons) and, like you, we are under curfews now as well.

    32 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    I recall all the incidents you mentioned and even go back earlier when we had air raid sirens and shelter drills in case of nuclear invasion (71 here). Diving under our desks during drills was anxiety producing but in an actual raid, would have been useless. We were required to locate the public shelter signs in our area to know where to go during an actual raid. I recall struggling to write an essay paper for English class on what I would do if I found out I was the last person living on earth after a nuclear blast -- heavy assignment for this very literal, anal-retentive person. At that some time some folks were building underground bomb shelters in our neighborhood.

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    32 days ago
    Ditto!!! Well said! emoticon
    32 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Yes, I remember those riots too. I actually never dreamed that I would ever see anything like that. We have been quarantined for many weeks here now from our brand new governor that was hoping she would be picked to run as Vice President.

    She just put it out that next week we should be opened up with way less restrictions. It really has't bothered us that much now. And yes, every day we get up and pray for all that is going on and safety and for our President.

    I hope I never have to go through this again and I am so glad we live so far out in the country....it has hardly touched us except when we went for groceries!

    Have a great one!
    32 days ago
    I remember the riots of the '60's and the bomb's at the ROTC. Each generation has its tipping point.

    33 days ago
    Yes, I remember all of those events too . . . and they no longer feel like "distant past".

    We can stay home and socially distance to do our part in the pandemic. And we can accept some curtailment of our personal freedom (which is never an absolute, always a reciprocal right) in the interests of peaceful protest too.

    Worrying? Oh my. Hard not to worry: even though we "know" it doesn't help. We can let the worry (feeling our thinking about what might happen) flow past and through us. Accept the low mood that is part of being human. Me too.
    33 days ago
    So many of us are from the same era with similar responses. They are doubly trying times indeed.
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    33 days ago
    I'm a born worrier. I watched the protests and listen to them call for death to all cops and I cry. My son is a deputy sheriff who works in the county jail and I am afraid for him. I'm afraid for the innocent families caught up in this nightmare. Pray for understanding and peace. emoticon
    33 days ago
    I was also a teenager during most of those conflicts. National Guard units all around us here are being deployed and sent to more dangerous places, but my daughter told me yesterday that some of the rioters from Sioux Falls were heading to Rapid! Our mayor is also putting curfew in place in hopes of controlling the problem. God save is all...or come Lord Jesus-COME!

    Oh, and I grew up in NJ and remember having to be extra cautious if for any reason were going into the City (NY) or Newark where there was violence!
    33 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/2/2020 8:16:23 AM
    this is a scary time in our lives for sure
    33 days ago
    Yes, I remember all those events, as well. **SIGH** I pray for those who are 1st responders dealing with these situations, I pray for those who are protesting (there are legitimate reasons), I pray for the health and welfare of everyone.

    Trying and very troubling times.

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    33 days ago
    I remember the 60s, I remember the riots of 1968 when cities burned. Some of those cities have just been restored 50 years later, now it's happening again. COVID was the first blow to cities, these riots may be their death knell.
    33 days ago
    I too remember the riots of the 1960s. In fact despite a misleading title, my blog today (6/1/2020) flipped around and has a long story about the summer of 1967, riots, guns, tanks, very close to home for me.
    33 days ago
    Yep, things are pretty much a mess at the moment. I hope the storm passes soon and that we won't have to worry about so many things all at once. Take care and stay safe.
    33 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/2/2020 12:51:40 AM
    33 days ago
    "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.

    I pray that people will not resort to violence, as it only begets more violence, hate begets more hate. Not participating...though I do feel compelled. But crowds and no social distancing are my emoticon .
    I marched in the Nam era...never rioted, though I did witness rent-a-cops with batons beating kids just before Kent State. I was horrified and retreated.
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