I struggled with whether to use this photo for this week’s challenge. It makes me cringe to see anything anti-Israel, but I think this photo is thought provoking for a much different reason than the subject being protested. When I was recently in Washington D.C., I saw this lady camped out protesting nuclear weapons right across from the White House.
I had never heard of Concepcion W. Thomas before. How did it escape me that a woman had been protesting in Washington D.C. since 1981? Or, let’s put it another way…this lady has been protesting since I was 6 years old! She camps out 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. (Yes, even during the cold, snowy winters.) By law, she can’t lie down, so she sleeps in a sitting position. If she were to leave her tent, it could be taken down. Basically in 1981, it was okay to camp out by the White House, but now it isn’t. She’s only allowed there because she set up camp back when it was okay. The only time this lady gets away from her post is if her friend sits in for her.
All I could think was…is there anything that I could feel so strongly about that I would spend 30 years devoted to non-stop? It makes me ashamed to admit how quickly I can move on from one thing to the next. Or, how quickly I can complain about the daily (sometimes) monotonous duties of being a mom, teacher, spouse, and so on.
I can’t understand what drives this lady, but I can appreciate her zeal.