You see, I really wasn't referring to the kind with lacy white table-cloths, hand-painted delicate teacups, or delicious lemon squares a la carte.
I've been thinking a lot recently about the Boston Tea Party. When the earliest generation of Americans said "enough is enough and we're not gonna take it anymore." I've been wondering if that spirit of justice still resides in the heart of current-day Americans. I've been wondering about our collective spines. I've been looking at a gallon of milk nearly at the $4 mark, the head of broccoli for $3.68, the gallon of gasoline that is ever nearing the price of $4....and on and on. I've been thinking of the oil companies that POCKETED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LAST YEAR. Exxon Mobil alone reported an annual profit of $40.6 BILLION dollars, which was equal to earnings of 4.6 million dollars PER HOUR last year.
I'm only one person...as with you, and you, and you.....but I love to close my eyes and remember that in theory the power really is supposed to belong to the people of this country. Somehow, we've just relinquished it slowly but surely. I don't know how a "rebellion" is supposed to work. I don't know if it starts from the top down: meaning with a leader organizing and mobilizing the folks; or if it starts from the bottom up: meaning the people just start coming together by the hundreds, thousands, millions and lifting our voices in one massive roar demanding justice. I love to imagine it, though.
Food for thought: what if we picked a day, any day, week-day or Saturday, whatever....what if we all..every American...said that on this one special day we weren't budging from our homes. What if those oil companies lost one entire day of profits?? What if we tossed a ball in the backyard instead of going shopping? What if we baked cookies instead of having our nails done? What if we played Scrabble instead of going to the theme park? FOR JUST ONE DAY. Not one single drop of gasoline sold. Would it matter? Would it make a difference?
Yeah, I'm in the mood for a good hot cup of relaxing tea now. Aren't you?! :)