As usual, I'm a bit late at things. I just read Sharon's post at http://vroomansquilts.blogspot.com/2011/12/occupy-your-sewing-room.html and realize I should have been occupying my sewing room instead of standing in the cold this morning collecting signatures to recall Gov. Walker.
I live in the country near a VERY small village in NW Wisconsin. Wisconsin is in the midst of a movement to recall Gov. Walker and force another election. This is a grassroots movement and people all over the state are coming out to sign the petitions. My experience this morning was so rewarding, I really can't explain--but I'll try.
A small group of us arranged to set up signature collecting stations in my town and two other small towns nearby. We stood on the street corner with our homemade signs, inviting folks to stop and sign the petition. The response was overwhelming! Many of the people paid no attention and ignored us as they drove by. A few shook their fingers at us in disapproval and three people actually gave us a one-finger salute with one person screaming at us to "GO F_ _ _ K YOURSELVES" as he rounded the corner. That was fun. But the majority of folks waved at us, yelled that they'd already signed, honked their horns, and/or gave us a thumbs-up as they passed by. Enough folks stopped to sign the petition to make it worthwhile.
Gathering signatures is really being part of democracy as is signing the petition. People are so glad to be able to express how they feel about our government--it's a thrill that can't be beat. Everybody should try it sometime.
So, instead of "occupying" my sewing room, I was "occupying" Prairie Farm and had a ball doing it. Now, I'm going to sew.