Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

De-Politicizing. Is that a word?


Sunshine captured in fall petals.

Saturday morning I went out for my second shift of door-to-door canvassing, getting the word out about my chosen candidate for Congress. She’s closing the small gap that existed a few weeks ago between her and the incumbent. According to his polls he has a 2 point lead. According to her polls she has a 4 point lead.

I think neither team can claim victory yet.

Everything’s looking good at my park mama!

And so I and my canvassing partners hit the streets again. I hoped more people would be home on a Saturday morning versus the Sunday afternoon we worked last weekend. I was disappointed.

Lots of color at Katie’s park.

We knocked on 38 doors and talked to perhaps 10 or 12 people. But this time the people were more welcoming, more ready to listen to our story. And that made it a nicer day. Still, it wasn’t fun or comfortable.

Canvassing is definitely not something I want to do on a regular basis.

This little guy must have worked hard to get up on this big rock. We didn’t disturb him.

I don’t know how far we walked because my Fitbit died earlier this week, but it felt like a long, long way. The distance between houses was greater, the lots bigger, the roads had more hills.

Will pose for treats.

But it was a beautiful day, as many of the people we talked to mentioned. Most of them seemed to appreciate that we had given up a pretty morning to walk their neighborhood. A few people told us to have a good day as we left their porches. One wished us luck.

Standing tall.

And even the guy that opened his door with the statement “if this is political I don’t want to hear it.” laughed when I told him to remember the middle aged women slogging through his neighborhood when he was making up his mind at the polls on election day.

I think he’ll remember us. I hope he remembers us in a good way.

Pretty afternoon light makes me smile.

I’m pretty sure I got my 10,000 steps in on Saturday because as soon as I got home I hugged my dog and began the process of de-poiticizing my brain and body. Working the kinks out, relaxing the shoulders, stretching the aching calf muscles.

Mostly I de-politicized by bundling Katie into the car and immediately heading out to her park where we walked along her pond and sniffed the pee-mail left by other dogs.


Well. She did the sniffing. I mostly took photos. As you’ve probably guessed, all the photos here are from our Saturday afternoon together.

But the strain of doing something so outside my sense of normal required me to take Katie to two parks Saturday afternoon. After visiting her local park we drove down to Kensington, my favorite park, for a short walk among tall trees and along the lake shore.

Still posing for treats.

Katie thought she was in heaven. Two parks in one afternoon! She couldn’t stop smiling even though it did mean her supper was late. She made me pay for that later, but I was just glad to be out there so it was all good.

Red and green working together. Congress should take note.

Katie-girl is very good at de-politicizing her mama.

Balancing reflections.

The work will continue, there’s no letting up now, but whether or not I will canvass again is a question I’ll have to answer once I’m home from our impending trip to DC.

Politics. I just can’t avoid it. Wish I could.

I’m here for you mama.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

26 thoughts on “De-Politicizing. Is that a word?

  1. If you find the key to avoidance, please be sure to pass it along. Great photos, Dawn.

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  2. Nature is the best way I know of to decompress (or de-politicize). Such beautiful walks. That last photo (Balancing reflections) took my breath away (in a good way, of course). 🙂

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  3. I think there are many of us that wish we could avoid politics, but cannot. I think it’s great you’re stepping out of your comfort zone and standing up for your beliefs, and I thiink it’s very good that you have such beautiful places and a lovely companion for decompressing afterwards. Thank you for sharing.


  4. Love the red and green working together, and all those lovely photos of the princess posing for treats. Hope you obliged her!!


  5. I missed all that on TV…I am way behind on News. Looks like Katie did a good job of making you feel better…me too! She is so pretty:)


    • Believe it or not, now that I’ve been in DC for 4 days I’m way behind too. We were too busy to turn the TV on which was actually something of a relief. But now we’re home and I see not much has changed.


  6. Depoliticizing is vital these days. Time to regroup and get grounded, for fun and to chill out. Especially after last week!


  7. Thank you for politicizing and then depoliticizing. It’s so necessary right now. I’ve been on the phone and on email and on social media much of the past week. I haven’t been walking but it does tire me out nonetheless. Your photos and Katie’s comments sure help. 🙂


    • I don’t think I could do phone canvassing. WAY too stressful! Yes Katie is a big help except for that part about her getting up so early every morning. I go to pick her up from the kennel tomorrow morning, so tonight I intend to sleep all night without any early morning outings.


  8. I enjoyed the calming effect of walking in the park – parks! – with you and Katie. I also enjoyed the memories of canvassing that you stirred. Those were the days. I’m holding onto all the civility I can find these days, so naturally I fired up WP and wended my way here. I’m glad I did.

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  9. First, thank you for becoming involved. Many people took our government for granted for way too long. Second, yes, nature heals and soothes the mind and spirit. And, third, Katie is a cutie.


  10. The cloud photo is amazing


  11. I am teaching government to 8th graders last week and this week – it’s a challenge – but I shared our country is unique because every two years there is a mini-revolution. Popular Sovereignty a key concept of the Constitution and a pillar of our government. The founder believed that the civic virtues of engagement, honesty, civility, and integrity and more were essential to a lasting government. Keep walking a encouraging other to be a part of the process. We the People.

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    • I would have loved to have had you for government in 8th grade. I’ll be out canvassing again next week. Personally, can’t wait till this election is over, but if I don’t do my part and it doesn’t go my way I’ll be kicking myself…so I’ll keep walking.


  12. good for you, I think that is very brave!


  13. With all the folks from both sides who whine and complain about politics, we should all do like you and be more involved and commit to learning who the candidates are and what they stand for. Be safe out there.


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