Farewells, and the Road to Freedom

by Renee on November 5, 2020

October got away from me without a blog post– it was a beautiful month as far as fall weather goes. But it was an emotionally tough one– somehow the fifth anniversary of my husband Paul’s passing was upon us–I get swept up so easily in those memories–and we finally gave my sister Diana her proper farewell at Arlington National Cemetery, a year after her death. That’s a lot. But there were happy moments in the midst of the sad ones: I road-tripped to D.C. with my Mom, and cousin Anna–can’t remember the last time we had a few days together. And having grown up in the D.C area, I got to meet up with my high school best friend Lynn for dinner while we were in town.

As luck would have it, the Smithsonian had recently re-opened with new protocols in place because of COVID, so I got to pay homage once again to New Albion Brewing Company and Jack’s installation in the National Museum of American History; it’s almost a year now that “Brewing a Revolution” has been available for viewing in the same hall as Julia Child’s kitchen. I brought Mom and Anna to see it, and that was pretty cool.

At the end of the month I made another road trip, this time a long weekend in Raleigh–needed to catch up to my¬† BFF Cami and my friends there before another coronavirus lockdown and long winter was upon us. A few nights of laughs with my friend who knows me so well, the first Ohio State game of the season with the Bell family (world’s biggest Buckeye fans), and eating and drinking our way across the city was so good for my soul (though not my scale). For those wondering, I also had a beer with my friends at Raleigh Brewing Company–look for more New Albion Ale from them in the new year, another reason to look forward to 2021.

Then November was upon us, and the day many of us have been looking forward to for four years–a chance to vote Trump out of office. I mailed my ballot in weeks before Election Day, and tracked it to know it had been counted–if I died in a fiery wreck on the Turnpike I wanted to be sure my vote was in as a final farewell to Donald! Look, I am only slightly marginalized in this society as an adult adoptee who is legally barred from possesssing my own original birth certificate–something 99% of most Americans take for granted. I cannot imagine what it’s like to be black in this country, or to be gay and want to marry my person and be prevented from that, or even prevented from adopting a child because of my sexual orientation. The religious Right in this country have tried to control my body, and that of my daughters, and I am DONE with anyone who supports Trump or his racist, misogynistic, greedy, selfish agenda. He’s a fool and a maniac, and while we are still waiting for the final result as ALL LEGAL VOTES are being counted in a few swing states, I’m praying that I’ll never have to hear from him again after January 2021. I am happy to report that both my counties of residence: Cuyahoga in Ohio and Wake in North Carolina, supported Biden and a change for good. I’ll be a blue dot in a Red state I suppose for the remainder of my life, but that’s okay. I live and speak my truth. That is my opinion, this is my blog, and if you would like to share yours if it doesn’t support mine, feel free to write your own blog post. Because I will delete and block your nonsense.

And now let’s a raise a toast to remembrances, farewells, old friends, the freedom to vote and choose in America, a good road trip, and good beer drinking. Cheers~


rita kohn November 5, 2020 at 11:14 am

So very good to know YOU are well
I think often of Jack in this whir-world of now; he persevered against all odds –look at what has grown up as science, art, economic benefit, life of the and joy of the soul in the 44 years since New Albion rolled out of that makeshift ‘professional craft brewery.’
Please stay in touch at: rkohn@nuvo.net
Best cheer

Renee November 5, 2020 at 9:58 pm

Thanks, Rita! Hope you are well!

Henrietta Silberger November 5, 2020 at 4:19 pm

A friend from Indianapolis forwarded your blog to me. We also live in Cuyahoga County (in Cleveland Heights) and voted early (on October 7th with mail-in ballots we delivered to the Board of Elections). We hope that we never have to see or hear Trump after January. Good riddance….I am hoping.

Renee November 5, 2020 at 9:57 pm

Cheers to that!

Todd Sanders November 9, 2020 at 7:42 am

So sorry about your sister, Renee. And U can’t believe it’s been five years since you lost Paul. I waa on a trip to New York with my dad and brother to bury my grandmother when that happened. Now, just two months ago, I lost my dad. Thus is a dark year, but maybe things are looking up.

Renee November 9, 2020 at 7:45 am

Very sorry for your losses as well, Todd. Nice to hear from you!

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