I love to have so much freedom in my life. Even with the coronavirus impacting my life, I still have a lot of freedom. While I often wear a mask to protect myself and other people, I have the freedom to choose a mask that I love. My cats also love their freedom. Even though they are actually indoor cats, they still have a lot of toys to play with, different kinds of food items that they love, a home set up for cats, and a lot of attention from me and other family members. My cats never leave the house, except for their annual vet visits. When I took one of my cats to the vet in August, I actually wore one of my cat masks. My cat obviously hated going to the vet, but she loved looking at my face. She also loved when she was able to leave her cage and step out into her home again.
I love to have the freedom to drive my car. Even when traffic is bad or I'm stopped at a red light, I sometimes love the extra time to just relax, listen to music, and look at the scenery. I also often turn on the cruise control, so I do not have to worry about whether or not I'm speeding, but can instead just enjoy the experience.
While driving, I occasionally need to follow directions from my phone. I usually know where I am going to, though, and enjoy choosing roads that have nice scenery and stop signs, rather than a lot of red lights.
My house is tiny, old, and not worth very much. I often say that I am a "home owner," but the bank actually owns it. I also obviously need to pay taxes, insurance, upkeep costs, etc. On the plus side, I love having the freedom to paint the walls in whatever way I want to. The picture in this blog posting is from one of the walls in my living room, which I sponge painted. When my kids were living at home, I also let them paint their walls and decorate their rooms however they wanted to. If I were renting my house, I would probably be told "no" in reference to sponge painting.
Whenever anything needs repairs, I have the freedom to choose from different options. For example, I can replace floor tiles with ones that I like. I can also do such things as plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, and other plants in my backyard, instead of having just grass and flowers that are chosen by someone else. I'll soon be sponge painting at least one other room in my house.
Because I'm an ex-smoker and love to snack on food items, I obviously need to be careful not to eat too much food. To stay healthy and to continue to have the freedom to eat chocolate, I've been slowly losing weight by exercising and by limiting my amount of chocolate to very small portions. I've been doing things like only having one or two teaspoons of chocolate ice cream, only having one piece of chocolate candy, and only having about two tablespoons of chocolate cake. I also am eating a lot of vegetables, so when I have dessert, I'm already feeling filled up.
While creating and updating my author and book websites is a lot of work, I love the freedom to say what I want to say. Whenever I write about a topic, I actually learn more about my thoughts and feelings about that topic. Writing Banking on Dreams helped me to understand more about the meanings of my dreams and connections to my memories. Writing Mayflower Dreams resulted in my more knowledge about how our history connects to our present lives. Writing Roger Williams in an Elevator helped me to know more about personal and community freedom. Writing Unhidden Pilgrims resulted in more understanding about religious freedom. Writing Holidays Amaze and Amazing Holiday Paws helped me to understand more about many topics, including animals, poetry’s connection to music, and our love for holidays.
I'm thankful for how technology has given us so much freedom. We can talk on cell phones, rather than line phones. We can send text messages, and we can even use such things as portable chargers to re-charge our cell phones, cameras, etc. The picture in this blog post shows a portable charger that I received while participating in a Professional Development Day at the Community College of Rhode Island. As the picture shows, I've been using this charging device a lot and appreciate how this college helps its students, faculty, and staff members.
Writing Roger Williams in an Elevator was so much fun. I loved to do the research about, to write about, and to think about different kinds of freedom. I still love freedom in its many forms, including:
On March 14, 2019, one of my fictional dreams became my reality. A dream chapter in Roger Williams in an Elevator is titled "Roger Williams in an Elevator." In this chapter, the protagonist meets a Roger Williams statue in her dream. When I did a presentation about Roger Williams on March 14 at the Pawtucket Public Library, I was able to visit a Roger Williams statue that was temporarily at the library. While the statue in the library was different from the Prospect Terrace Park statue met by the protagonist in Roger Williams in an Elevator, I loved being able to live a reality that was referenced in one of the dreams of one of my novels.
While cats and humans obviously talk in different languages, I love talking to my cats. They even know what a few of the words that I say mean. When I tell them "no," they often listen. When I tell them "din-din" (meaning dinner) or treats (meaning cat-food treats), they ALWAYS listen and come running. They all know their names and will usually look at me or come over to me when I say their names.
My cats also love to communicate with each other, either with their voices or with their body language. For example, this blog entry has a photo of two of my cats. They are both now in our Lord's care, but when they were alive, they were very closely bonded together and often talked with each other via body language (their paws, their facial expressions, etc.)
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, Amazing Holiday Paws, and Holidays Amaze. She is thankful for having the freedom to worship a wonderful, caring God.