Spotted gas pig, string ball on rag weave, and measuring warp and winding on to spools in the shop today.
It was my lucky day when Anna and Gloria came to visit me. They are old friends, and weavers. Gloria walked with a cane, and Anna had double knee replacements this year. They were cheerful. We talked about weaving, and then about their lives. Anna told how her family had escaped the Nazis when she was a 13 yr old girl. A neighbor warned them to get away, and her family had run into the woods in the middle of the night. Eventually, she came to America, and though she didn't speak English, entered college and earned a degree in pharmacy. At the time, she was the only girl in her class. Both women are widows. They traveled together to Baffin Island a few years ago. It was an amazing, unforgettable trip into an unfamiliar territory. "Everyone wants to go South," they said, laughing at themselves. "But we wanted to go to the Arctic Circle!"
They are articulate, deeply political, and passionate about it. They are also compassionate, with their lifetimes of experience to draw on. I love when women are willing to think about how politics affects ordinary people, and talk about politics. These two were spunkier than most women I meet my own age, or younger.
By the time they left, I was inspired. We had laughed a lot. We have an important recall election here on Tuesday. We are so over our more-for-the-rich, screw-the-rest Governor. Whatever the outcome of the recall election, I take heart that these women care so much about the future of people, education, health care, and opportunity for women in the state of Wisconsin. They won't quit, and I'm glad they're in my corner! They already cast their votes, "In case something happens to me," Anna said, "I voted early."