Yesterday morning I woke at around 3:30 AM to the sound of coyotes in the distance.
It was the first time in years I’d heard them. I lay in bed and listen to them call and respond for several minutes. To many, coyotes are a nuisance animal hated for killing family pets and backyard chickens. To me their yipping a peaceful sound.
I got up and prepared for a busy day working in the field. It meant I spent a lot of time driving in my car.
Driving through rural southern middle Tennessee offers a feast for the eyes. I watched the sun rise over the rolling hills, waking the sleepy valleys below. I passed by fields where horses and cows grazed or where farm equipment slept, waiting for spring.
I usually spend drive time listening to the local public radio station, but I was not within reach of a public radio station, at least not one I could find on the radio dial. I was out of data range or even cell phone range for parts of the day. Yes, there are places like that in the world, especially in rural Tennessee.
Most of the drive was spent in silence, but on the way home I played around until I found a Christian talk show and decided to give it a listen. The topic? Pro-life means anti-abortion and ONLY anti-abortion, and those who would tie immigration to the pro-life movement are tainting the movement. The host insinuated that DACA has nothing to do with evangelical Christians and DACA recipients should perhaps be deported. As one caller to the show explained, that’s why we send missionaries into harm’s way- to save them on their home soil, not bring them onto ours.
Another caller talked about how people with Alzheimer’s are at risk of euthanasia, but coconut oil is a promising cure for the disease. No evidence that works, but A) it may save grandma from the Death Panels (apparently that’s still a thing?) and B) who believes science anyway?
It was quite startling to hear, but it does explain where some of these evangelical attitudes originate.
Ah, but soon I was home and met with happy, starving kitties who reminded me they had not eaten in *gasp* 8 hours!
All in all a good day- some parts better than others, of course.