Today is my 26th wedding anniversary. Bear with me, as a self-designated 'CSP' I just has some things I had to express, even though I dont do it very well. Im so grateful that Ive had 26 years with my dh, he really is a dear. Every year I get sentimental and look back at all we've been through. Particularly today Im feeling emotional because last night I finally had the chance to watch Brokeback Mountain. (I dont go to the movies often, and DD brought a copy home from the library where she works.) Very, very good film, loved the scenery and the quality of the actors. I cried a lot, and felt sad, angry, a wide range of emotions. I was struck with the injustice that even as late as 1980 when I got married, relationships had to fit a certain approved standard. How many other couples are celebrating 26 years today but cant do so openly or with the love and support of their family and friends because theyre regarded as different, or less than in some way, for arbitrary reasons. Mostly Ive had a chance to reflect on the changes in society over the years since I was a child, how things are different, but how much still needs to be done. Why today, in this country, cant two people who love each other be legally joined because of someone elses ideas of what is right. Why change has to come about so slowly, and why one group at a time. In my own lifetime way back, it was illegal in some places for example, for a black and a white person to marry. It took a lot of upheaval to change that, now we go on to the next thing. Why does every change have to be so much trouble and turmoil?? Why cant we just live and let live? Ive tried very hard to raise my 4 kids to be loving and open to all people, to see them as people, not just some category we place them in, as was the case when I was growing up in the 60's and early 70's. Finally, Im hopeful that we are going in the right direction, and Im more committed to helping be a positive force to promote freedom and love for all. Sorry for rambling, thanks for reading.