Oh the joys of laundry day! Believe it or not, I find doing laundry theraputic. I enjoy the scent of freshly laundered clothing, enjoy the simple nature of folding it neatly and then putting it away where it goes. I’ve not taken many pictures these past couple of days but took many on the 24th which was my niece Alyssa’s birthday. She enjoyed herself immensely and I was happy to document some of the moments that were displayed on that day. Gianna is growing steadily and smiles more now. She and I get along well during the day and Alyssa and I are able to play when she gets home quite often. This morning before she left for school I promised her I would teach her to play bingo and checkers with her new set that she got for her birthday. I also told her I would teach her to play at cards with the new Hello Kitty card set I bought her. It features 3 different games: Old Maid, Crazy Eights and Go Fish–all very popular with children. If only I had my UNO cards with me, Alyssa enjoys that game.

Beyond playing games with my niece and caring for the littlest one, I have been endeavoring to finish reading “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” and watching less ridiculous television programs in favor of watching films with actual content rather than ridiculous entertainment. Last night I watched Emma on Masterpiece Classics. It was very enjoyable and much better than the Gwyneth Paltrow version I’d watched before, though I still like it. I watched only part 1 last night because the second part does not air until this coming Sunday the 31st. I am very eager to see the next two parts.

I long for a life without distractions, without complexities; I long for a life of community, a life of neighborly love where people help one another with their basic needs and share rather than a life of complete and total self-absorption. I can live without Hollywood in my life, I can live without the celebrity-obsessed, I can live without having to view television several hours a week. I just want to live simply, without too much flare or too much drama. It seems that society always wants drama rather than reality. Everything here is surreal, nothing is real. Is it really too much to ask to just have a shred of reality in our lives? This is my reality–you may or may not agree, you may want something more flashy but I enjoy the reality of spending time with my family, of reading books with substance, of choosing films that have some sense of good and talk of real matters, of loving people no matter what their status or circumstance–just loving them because they are part of the human family and wanting to help them in any way possible. I believe that is a reality that I can live for and strive for. I am glad it is laundry day! The girls are asleep and I will write again tomorrow!