Today my heart was with many of my friends as well as women and men all over the world who were at Women’s Marches. I wanted to join in at least to be at a rally in Maine, but my hip bursitis and my back are giving me hell right now, and standing or walking for a few hours was just not in the cards. My son thought I should give it a go, maybe to be the last of my big demonstrations, but it was probably wiser for me to stay behind. I listened to some great music, and watched the photos flow in on Instagram, and knit. (I was very active in the 60s and early 70s in the civil rights, women’s rights, and anti-war movements and spent a lot of time in Washington, D.C. as a teenager. And knit.).
And so it goes. I am a pragmatist, and always an optimist, so I am hoping that all of us just stay aware and keep letting our representatives know how we feel about what is going on in our country. Constant Vigilance is the word of the day (thank you, J.K. Rowling and MadEye Moody). We remain a country where we are free to state our opinions, and we need to make sure it stays that way. We really need to unite and talk to one another, I don’t think any of us want to see this country go under. Whether we voted for him or not, he is our legal president, and we need to get busy making sure everyone in public office knows what we want.
Listening to the Decemberists ‘This is Why We Fight‘ also helps (although the video does not reflect what I take from the song. But it’s artistic and up to us all to interpret). Obviously our Fergus the Buck is ready and willing to take up the Cause, and I am with him!
I was all ready to write a post about how I believe all my breeding does are bred, but this week kind of de-railed me. I have been extremely anxious and upset during this election season, which seemed to go on much longer than it should have, but most of us get up every day and hope for the best from our country and from the world, and keep on going.
I am an optimist and eternally cheerful and ready to meet the challenges that we have in life, and this election was definitely a big test of that point of view. Even so, I felt sucker-punched by the outcomes of this vote which stank of hatred and intolerance. And yet it does not totally surprise me, because there are a number of people in my family who have been feeling disenfranchised and side-lined by this country even while the economy has technically been on the “upswing.”
At the basis of this all is that I am totally abhorrent of hate-speak and prejudice of any kind. I have had plenty of practice in being the person that is ignored because of background and ethnicity, even in the country of my birth. We are a country of immigrants and need to be mindful of that always, even of those that have come to the party more recently.
I wish a lot of things for this country, but most of all that we can make an effort to heal ourselves. Be the change that we want to see, be inclusive, and advocate for a language of tolerance instead of hate. And I am on it! Call your representatives, call your senators, call the White House after the changeover. Make yourselves heard about what is important to you, because I know that I will be. We need to be vigilant about all of our civil rights, and I fervently hope that we can move forward instead of back, together, as a country. And I wish this also for the world. Rebecca at Grongar posted a lovely segment from Carl Sagan about our world and how small and precious it is. I hope that we all can see that in the days and years to come.
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