Toto, Where Have We Landed?


I grew up in a rural Wisconsin home with rather firm codes of how to live life. Not old-fashioned as much as one where values were taken seriously. Not just talked about, but lived.

It was frowned upon to cheat on your wife; straying from marriage vows was not looked at as being manly. It was not so much a religious view, but rather one about character, or the lack thereof. Fathers imparted, through their actions, lessons for boys to learn and live as they, too, came of age.

So today, I had reason to think about Danielle Mitterrand who invited her husband’s mistress, Anne Pingeot, and their 21-year-old daughter Mazarine, to the funeral service for former French President François Mitterrand. I recall that news story from many years back and can still recall the oddness of how it landed when first hearing it. Who lives that way? Or accepts living that way?

This all comes to mind as Donald Trump took his third wife to the funeral for his first wife. I felt sad for the grown children who lost their mother but also who had lost years ago that sense of what a real home and stability and a healthy family unit look and feel like. Today the third wife must have also felt like, well, just another spoke in the life and times of the troubled rich. After all, she too, is just a spoke in that family which all spins around Donald.

It just is hard for me to even know what type of ‘family’ dynamics are at play where something like that which played out today is considered normal, or dare I say, acceptable. My perspective of which I write is not political, but rather just the feelings about where I think the guardrails on society should be placed. We can see what does happen when those constraints are not acknowledged.

I have written often on this blog about the need for good parenting and proper role models. That need continues.

2 thoughts on “Toto, Where Have We Landed?

  1. Cornelius_Gotchberg

    “I have written often on this blog about the need for good parenting and proper role models.”

    You have.

    “That need continues.”

    It does!

    FWIW, you’s may find comfort knowing that the Hancock Agricultural Research Station Display Garden is, per hurried observation by both The Gotch and the lovely and long suffering Mrs. Gotch as they flew past it earlier while heading home south from Iron County, in demonstrably Fine Fettle!

    The Gotch

    1. There was an open house recently of the garden (July 15th) and it made for pictures in the latest edition of the Waushara Argus. It did look nicely groomed and inviting. Thanks for noticing, too!

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