Sunday, November 29, 2009
we've reached that point
sometimes enough is enough.
thousands of calories at one sitting, for example.
not that we don't appreciate having enough to eat, mind you. we do. in fact, this year we had too much--at a time when too many have too little.
who steals from a food bank? and how incredibly deep will some dig to make sure that shortfall isn't felt by others?
sometimes, "you're kidding, right?" is enough.
tiger woods and sarah palin leap, unwelcome, to mind.
sometimes enough is too much.
a friend of mine in flagstaff, az, is battling leukemia. she is fighting it hard, with very mixed results. her blog is a mosaic of self-deprecating hilarity and heart-rending reversals. the accounts of her physical and emotional pain are impossible to read without feeling the hope, uncertainty, and fear she's coping with every day. she's afraid, she said, that she's not going to make it. at a time when things are at their worst, she just keeps putting it out there.
sometimes enough is still not enough.
another friend has a nephew who recently disappeared in germany. he's been missing, in frankfurt, for days. not a trace, not a word. significant resources--from the state department to the fbi to the german police to u.s. and german tv to the internet--have been brought to bear. with nothing to show for it thus far. the family is keeping the pedal down, because that's what's required.
five seattle-area police officers killed, execution-style, in the past five weeks is ghastly. it's too far beyond "enough" to even get a handle on.
sometimes "you can't be serious" is enough.
barack obama, the "change we can believe in" candidate, seems poised to escalate a war that's been going nowhere for eight years. by all accounts, obama is a brilliant man. i respect this, and still have high hopes for his presidency. but it's hard to reconcile those things with an epically bad idea. afghanistan, as one historian noted, is where empires go to die. the former-soviets would concur, one imagines.
on an unrelated-but-related note, what is wrong with the secret service? do they not take their job seriously, or do they just not like this president?
every day, even a holiday, it's always something. enough, demonstrated time and again, is never enough.
and tomorrow is monday.
so it goes.