Homework for Session 3: Toward a Vision of Security, by Linda Schmoldt

You get up in the morning to a house that is appropriately warm or cool.  You can turn on the heat or air conditioning because you know you can afford it and that the earth can afford it since it is powered by a renewable source of energy.

You get your kids moving which is easy because they love their school or daycare program which is adequately funded and nurtures their creativity and growth.  You know their teachers are caring and well trained and have the kind of support and resources to do their jobs and live decent personal lives.

You get ready to go to your job but you don’t feel rushed because you have a flexible schedule that accommodates your needs.

You pull healthy lunches from the freezer that you made last week with your neighborhood cooking co-op.

Your partner, also on a flexible work schedule, is taking your youngest who has a little cough to a free drop-in clinic in your neighborhood.  You’re not worried about bothering them with a little concern, because their focus is on preventative medicine and catching things early.

Okay, you have to break up a fight between your kids.  They’re fighting over who gets to play with the toy recycling truck they got at the neighborhood toy exchange.  They both plan to be “wise-use resource managers” when they grow up.  You can enthusiastically endorse this childhood aspiration because being a WURM (wise-use resource manager) is a respected and well paid position.

Your daughter is modeling a “new” outfit she got at the neighborhood clothing exchange.

As a family you walk to take the kids to the local school.  You stop to drop off a meeting notice and post a poem at the neighborhood information kiosk.  Then you get on the convenient mini bus (carpool) that will zip you to work.

At lunch time you use the company guy to work out.  After work, you attend a parent support meeting at your kid’s school.  There you learn about a new curriculum and ways you can be involved in supplementing it at home.

Neither you nor your partner need to cook since you are eating at the home of some of your resilience circle members.  Tonight you have a book exchange and those who wish can stay after for a knitting lesson.

It’s a lovely evening and lots of kids are playing in the street which was blocked off a few years ago as a play space.  Everything is going smoothly because several teenagers are meeting their neighborhood “citizen hours” by acting as play monitors and several adults are on call if there is a problem.

Your partner is talking to your teenage neighbor.  She is graduating and is excited about her two-year selective service assignment.  She got her top choice placement working at a camp for movement challenged kids.  She knows that when she finishes she will have a placement at the college of her choice and will be able to apply her selective service stipend toward her reasonable tuition.

You stop and talk to a group who are painting a neighbor’s house.  Last year you were part of a team that kept the property from foreclosure.

When you arrive home, you see that one of your neighbors is replacing your broken window.  You give her a bag of produce from your garden.

You know you’ll get  good night’s sleep because the rock band down the street now practices in a soundproofed room at a neighborhood church.

You still have to figure out a non toxic way to deal with mosquitos.

Linda Schmoldt is a Resilience Circle facilitator in Portland, OR.