There is mostly goodness and love in the world

Dear President Trump,

How has your Sunday been? Did you get in a round of golf? Two? I think the more golf you play, the better.

I’m going to take a break from my ongoing feminist rant this afternoon. I’ll get back to it tomorrow but having sent you two installments yesterday, I think it’s ok to write about something lighter.

After my daughter’s race this morning I hung out in Cambridge for several hours before meeting up with her. I didn’t really know where I was going but thought it would be nice to find some ice cream and right where I remembered there being such a shop (from 30-ish years ago!), there was one. On my way to Harvard Yard to eat my ice cream I came upon a mural up high on a brick building that depicts nine happy, serene women and girls from different parts of the world. There are dozens of other people in the background and a banner of sorts saying “Rachel Carson was right.” Underneath the whole thing are the words “Indication of harm, not proof of harm, is our call to action.” I sent a picture of it to my pastor since I feel like she embodies this perspective even as she willingly wades in to help after there is clear proof of harm. If you ever go looking for it, it’s on a strange little side street right across from the Christian Science Reading Room.

I then took my semi-melty ice cream over to Harvard Yard and found one of the hundreds of brightly colored metal chairs they have strewn about for people, any old people, to sit for a spell. It is the coolest thing! And people definitely take advantage of it. Couples, families, solo types like me — just hanging out under the trees in a pleasant green space in the middle of Harvard. In the middle of Harvard. There are chairs where anyone can sit. For as long as they want.

Ok, I’ve made my point. The only other thing to tell you about is having gotten to interact for a few minutes with a little tiny child who was picking up sticks near me. She and her mom came up to me and after I asked her about her sticks, she handed me one and then took it back and then handed it to me again and then took it back. It was a sweet little game we both enjoyed before she toddled off.

I hope you can have some such moments. They are restorative and help remind a person there is mostly goodness and love in the world.

May we all be safe.
May we all be happy.
May we all be healthy.
May we all make our way together peacefully.

Tracy Simpson

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