A short poem taken from Celtic Carved Lovespoons written by Sharon Littley and Clive Griffin.
Picture this scene at the end of the day
When the farm boy is resting from cutting the hay.
Both tired and dusty, his mind would wander
To the girl of his dreams, who lived over yonder.
Too shy to talk and unable to write
How could he win her, think as he might.
On a cloudless night as he looked at the moon
It came into his head that he could carve her a spoon.
First came the hearts to say 'I love you'
Then came the bells to say 'Marry me, do' -
Each night thereafter, he'd look at the moon
And think of symbols to add to the spoon.
A horseshoe for luck and a joy it would bring
For hopefully now, she'll be wearing his ring.
The key says my heart is safely with you
And diamonds fro the wealth they'll hope to accrue.
The twisted stem shows two lives becoming one
A wheel means he'll work to get it all done.
A flower shows love and affection
A shield means he'll offer protection.
The chain expresses together forever, my love
And the cross shows faith in the heavens above.
Balls in a cage he'll have to face,
One for each child they'll wish to embrace.
As he explains the story carved in the spoon
While stealing a kiss by the light of the moon.
He vowed then that he would pass on this gift
For others to follow and give love a lift.
And so it has passed from father to son
And four hundred years later, it is still being done.
So that tells the romance of the love spoon
And what went on by the light of the moon.
Chairman Pai's proposed plan to repeal net neutrality protections would put a huge burden on microbusinesses like mine.
As an internet business, net neutrality is essential to the success of my business and my ability to care for myself and my family. The FCC needs to ensure equal opportunities for microbusinesses to compete with larger and more established brands by upholding net neutrality protections.
The internet has opened the door for me and 1.8 million other sellers to turn our passion into a business by connecting us to a global market of buyers. For 32% of creative entrepreneurs on the platform, our creative business is our sole occupation. A decrease in sales in the internet slow lane or higher cost to participate in Chairman Pai's pay-to-play environment would create significant obstacles for me and other businesses to care for ourselves and our families.
Moreover, 87% of Etsy sellers in the U.S. are women, and most run their microbusinesses out of their homes. By rolling back the bright line rules that ensure net neutrality, Chairman Pai is not only taking away our livelihood, he is also putting up barriers to entrepreneurship for a whole cohort of Americans.
My business growth depends on equal access to consumers. Any rule that allows broadband providers to negotiate special deals with some companies would undermine my ability to compete online.
We need a free and open internet that works for everyone, not just telecom companies that stand to benefit from the FCC's proposed rules.
I'm sending this to the FCC's open proceeding and to my members of Congress. Please publicly support the FCC's existing net neutrality rules based on Title II and microbusinesses like mine.
Jason Weymouth is the owner of Carved Wooden Spoons of Brunswick, Maine. He specializes in handmade heirloom quality wooden spoons, spatulas, and custom made kitchen utensils.