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Hurricane Irene's "Parenting" Advice

I’m not a superstitious gal.  I walk under ladders, I step on sidewalk cracks and I’m not afraid of a little old black cat. But in light of this summer’s biggest news stories, I am beginning to wonder whether Mother Nature is really ticked off about the political shenanigans in Washington, D.C.

First, we had the worst heat wave in 100 years. Then, we were shaken by the biggest earthquake since the 1940s. And NOW a little lady named Irene is headed our way, looking to clear a path right up the Eastern seaboard, wreaking havoc not only on my beloved Outer Banks of North Carolina, but also bringing more hot air to the nation’s capital.  Trust me on this — we don’t need any more windbags in these parts.

While some observers say Mother Nature’s temper tantrums are evidence of global warming and an aging planet, I’m started to think there’s something else at play here.

Mother Nature is just as fed up with political infighting and bickering as the rest of us.  And as any good mother would do, she’s using the tools she has to convince her children that enough is enough and if we don’t start behaving, she’s going to take things into her own hands.

OK, I admit this is a bit of stretch, but isn’t it a bizarre coincidence that within the span of six weeks Washington, D.C. has had to contend with killer heat, an earthquake strong enough to crack the Washington Monument and cause gargoyles to tumble from the National Cathedral, and now Hurricane Irene is making her way right for the nation’s political power center? Coincidence?  You be the judge.  I say someone is sending us a message that it’s time to take better care of our planet and that those boys (and, yes, they are mostly boys) who can’t seem to play nicely together in Congress had better shape up soon.

I hope they listen, because I am SO not in the mood for frogs, locusts or boils.

Even if we lose power during Hurricane Irene, you can read more of Joanne’s writing in her new book, Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America (Bright Sky Press 2011).

Image courtesy NASA Goddard Photo and Video.

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