It was a cold day. Snowing and about 15 degrees F. It was the kind of weekend day made for staying home and perhaps baking cookies. We did not exactly want to bundle up and drive the 30 miles to Madison to protest at the Capitol, but we did – and so did more than 70,000 other people.
I wore two hats, a tank top, a long-sleeved shirt, a sweater, a coat, tights, long underwear, jeans, snowpants, boots…it wasn’t so bad as long as you kept walking – the immense crowd kind of shielded you from the wind. But who wouldn’t want to stop once in awhile and listen to Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary? Or (Madison native) Bradley Whitford? Or any of the other speakers…. anyway, it was important to be there. A carried a sign from his Service Workers union, and I just carried one handed to me – "UW Teaching Assistants Deserve Rights." This rally was called by the unions but everyone was there anyway. The issue is even more important now that it has been passed – illegally! – by the Wisconsin state assembly without giving the Democrats time to vote. (The senators who fled the state are still in Illinois thus delaying the inevitable. Or is it inevitable? I’m a little cynical about our governor suddenly deciding to go back on his plan, but you never know what can happen.)
We were out in the cold for about 2 1/2 hours, and became thoroughly chilled. When we got home, I made some spicy chili and cornbread. I’ve always loved cornbread but it tends to be dry…. I’ve discovered the secret to moister cornbread, and that’s the addition of a few tablespoons of yogurt to the batter. (Today all I had was Silk vanilla, but that was fine.) Two bowls of chili, two cups of tea, and one mug of hot cider later, I am still cold… maybe I’ll finally warm up in bed!