It’s time to celebrate the first monthly anniversary of the wedding that brought together Mad and Jen, united in their commitment to a just world. It’s appropriate, I suppose, that my nominee for this month’s Just Post is a woman I met once, at a friend’s wedding eight years ago. Becky was standing behind me in the buffet line, and she was easy to talk to: she had just started dating the groom’s brother, and she was simply radiant with the knowledge that she’d found the Real Thing. She and Keith hadn’t been dating long but, as she explained, "You really get to know a person well when you live next door!" I’ve always remembered that conversation for the sake of that blazing certainty of hers. (I was in love too, at that time, but hesitant, terrified, doubtful – Becky was like a visible incarnation of the happiness I was scared to admit I was feeling.)
When Becky first left a comment on my blog a few months ago, I was thrilled to see that she and Keith had lived happily ever after, despite their sad exile from such Canadian delicacies as Swiss Chalet, Crispy Crunch, and Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale. She has a little boy with a heart-stopping crop of curly hair, and she has an amazing scientific mind, which makes these two posts as persuasive as they are amusing.
You have to enjoy a post that’s been commissioned personally by Al Gore – and includes references to the Grinch. Becky is fun like that. And in her follow-up post, she includes a hilarious, pointed comic strip. Reading about climate change has never been so much fun!
Becky writes about climate change from her perspective as a scientist; I think about the issue more sentimentally, perhaps. As much as I’m aware of the vastness of this problem, nothing brought it home for me more than an email I read recently about rising ocean levels and the threat they pose to Maritime provinces like P.E.I.
A world without this?
We’re short on easy solutions here; but educating ourselves is a start.