~It's in the details ~Thematic Photographic 164

It's been awhile since I have been able to participate in Carmi's Thematic Photographic meme. My choice for this theme is something we see so often, but never really up close. It's a part of our daily lives and  for the most part, we basically take for granted that it is there. How often do we stop to really observe it's shape ... it's phase?

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A casual social gathering for coffee and conversation.

I'm trying something new again and I hope you will join me! I have been thinking about this for a few months and have decided it's worth a try.
I know many of us participate in memes. For me, it is an easy way to post something and to get to know other bloggers. I hope this "want to be" meme will become more. 

~The Goal ~ 
To have a community of bloggers that are friends that can come together once a week with ideas and support for one another. We all blog for different reasons. For some, it is to be heard, for some it is to share, and for some it may be acknowledgement. After all, many blogs are just your thoughts, feelings, and experiences ... that you share  ... and here it is easier. 

~The Format~
Each Sunday night I will post a couple of "get to know you" questions. After all, we look forward to having coffee with our best friends more than anyone else. 
I will also post a subject for that week. Which could take any form. It could be a recipe, a craft, a tradition, a photograph ( I am a photographer), or just your thoughts on a subject. The reason to post on Sunday. I want to give you time to think about what you want to share. Many times I want to post on a meme and don't really have the time to say what I want ... the result... I don't post.

So, please join me! 
The first Coffee Klatch Friday will meet on Friday, Oct. 7th.

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Good Morning Blog-land....

I feel like I have been away forever! Because of my job (school photographer) I have had very little time to post anything since the middle of July. However, I do peek in a few times a week to see what you all are up to. Normally, about this time in the season, things are starting to slow down a bit, but this year, the company that I work for bought out a competing company, so there is still plenty of work to go around. Even though some of my days will still be rather long, I am going to try to re-enter blog-land and get the posts going again. There have been so many times that I wanted to post things but lack of energy and need of sleep has prevailed.

Not only am I ready to start blogging again, but I'm also ready to re-connect with you... my blogging friends!
Hope to hear from you soon!

~ Vicki ~


You is Kind ... You is Smart ... You is Important ...

Have you seen the movie or read the book " The Help"? "The Help" is a story about life in the 60's in Jackson, Mississippi. A Story about "colored" maids who are  employed by white families. It's about a young woman, (Eugenia) Skeeter, who wants to become a novelist and takes a bold step, convincing  a colored maid, Aiblieen, to help her write a book.

At first, Aibileen is reluctant, after all this IS Mississippi, in the HEAT of racial tension.  No white person asks a maid what they feel or think ... they mostly expect a maid to do what they are told. The questions can be hard to face. EXAMPLE: What does it feel like to raise white children when someone else is raising your child?

I do applaud this movie for showing the differing attitudes of the white families that employed the maids. Some viewed their maids as possessions. One such person in the movie is Hilly. Of course, Hilly thinks she is superior to EVERYONE. But it just seems strange to me that you would employ someone to take care of your children, clean your house, fix your meals and then try to ban them from using the same washroom (wc) you use.  (Go see the movie ... you'll understand what I mean.)

Then there is Skeeter, who LOVED her maid. Cicely Tyson plays Constantine( I love this choice as Cicely has played many rolls as strong, black women in American history), the maid who raised Skeeter. The adult Skeeter sees the value and love that the maids provide to the families they work for. To Skeeter, Constantine is family.

Minny is another maid who decides to help Skeeter with her book after Hilly fires her for using the inside bathroom during a rain storm. Minny is the maid you just want to love! She is feisty, outspoken, bubbling with personality ... but knows her place. 

Another important character, at least to me, is Celia. She is not a colored maid. She is not from Mississippi, but she IS an outsider and is treated so. Poor Celia ... all she wants is to be accepted by her Southern neighbors. She thinks that the best way to do this is have a maid. Her relationship with her maid is one of friendship ... appreciation ... she also sees the value that is added to her life through her "Help".

I must interject, that I am glad that in the end ... Hilly gets what she deserves. I am glad that Minny made her a pie. I will tell you right now... I was thinking something else was in that pie ... but not what Minny put in it. In Hilly's case ... I believe in revenge.

I also am glad that Aibileen stood up to Hilly. There are way too many Hilly's in the world... pushing people around.

" The Help" will make you laugh ... "The Help" will bring tears to your eyes. It will give you a VERY small gimps of what life was in Jackson, Mississippi, USA in the 1960's. Hopefully, it will make you think of how to treat others ... of how people, regardless  of race or creed effect our lives ... just by being there.