Let us be the people who decide to be different from the crowd. Let us be the movers and shakers–the leaders–who show the rest of Arkansas how it’s done. Let us reject the narrative that it has to be either/or. Let us be weird and different from the whole world if that’s what it takes to also be wonderful. We can find the courage in our hearts to lock arms and stand together on the middle ground. Some might say I’m naive, but I know we can do it. Let this be the place where reconciliation begins!
In the soft light of the morning I sit with coffee and quietness. The three-year-old baby girl sleeps. Rain falls, and fog settles over the mountain in front of me like a bridal veil. The old cat pokes about the deck, unenthused by the food my son hastily dumped into her bowl.