My children woke up this morning to find out that Donald Trump will be our new President. Maybe it is because we live in the liberal bubble of Chapel Hill, but I never in a million years thought that he would win. But he has, and we have to move forward.
I was surprised at the reaction of each of my children. Samantha was upset, but easily consoled with these words from The Bloggess…
We’re going to be okay.
We will. Because no matter who wins and no matter who you voted for you will still have the opportunity to fight each day for what you want to see in the world. Fight for justice or kindness or acceptance or love or equality or whatever it is that is still lacking. You will not fight alone. You still make a difference. In some cases you make more of a difference than a President ever will. Either way, you’ll be needed tomorrow (and every day after) to promote joy and love and grace even if you’re tired. You will be better for it and so will the world.
Aidan was mad and did not want to go to school. He said he wanted to hide from the world. But, I made him got to school because like the town where we live, their school is a safe bubble of acceptance for all. I know there will be good discussions today, and he needs to hear them and be a part of them.
I think the election results hit me even harder because of what I was doing for work yesterday. I went to a middle school in Western Chatham County to do a Girl Scout Outreach Interest Meeting. Girls at this school are 97% Hispanic and most all qualify for free or reduced fee lunches. A lot of their parents are undocumented citizens. They were so excited about the opportunity to be a Girl Scout (thanks to the United Way for this funding). It truly made my heart happy to work with them yesterday.
So, I will keep fighting the good fight. There is no President that can stop me from reaching girls to build them up and make them stronger, accepting of all, and future leaders of our country.
And I will keep teaching my children to love and accept all, and that we are all equal. We are all truly going to be okay. We have to be. It is all we can do.