Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Make America Kind Again

Of course I'm crying. Crying not so much because she lost (though there's that) but because he won. For me, there's a difference.Crying because the people of this country apparently share the values he represents.

At breakfast, I said to Himself, "I'll take today to feel sad. And tomorrow I'll move on. Because this doesn't change who I am."

Then something happened. I drove to work through the rain, and standing in the parking lot was a woman. Standing in the rain. With no umbrella.

I feel sad. Terribly sad. But this didn't change who I am. And I can't really wait until tomorrow to move on when there is a woman in the rain today, a woman who just happens to be Hispanic.  I parked my car and I opened my trunk. I took out the extra umbrella. I walked over and handed it to the woman. Her eyes were full of tears, too.


12 comments:

Janet O. said...

Bless you!
I am stunned at the outcome--sick in my heart. Cannot comprehend how a man of such obviously low moral character is now the commander-in-chief.
Some may say that we have had such men in office before--and maybe we have, but it was not obvious when they were voted in. The fact that he was chosen with all of his bigotry, sexism, egocentricity, and delusions of grandeur in full display has me numb. I am sad today, too. Hope I can move on tomorrow, as you have planned. This certainly does not define me. I hope and PRAY it does not define our country!!
I am usually not politically vocal in blogland, but I could not help myself today. Thank you for allowing me a place to give voice to my heart.

Tired Teacher said...

I keep telling myself that in God's time we will find the reason behind the results. Until then, Lord give me patience.

stitchinpenny said...

A comment by my daughter

As my friend Joey Piscopo so eloquently said, "A president doesn’t make America. We do. America is awesome because of Americans. The better we are, the better America is." Volunteer. Donate to causes you care about. Help out your neighbor. Love each other. Pray. DO whatever it is you think our country needs on whatever level you can. It starts with you, and your actions matter.

That is what is most important - what we the people do.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I felt exactly the same. I needed today to feel sad.

Carol said...

I'm a Canadian and I'm in shock. I really believed that Americans would see the light and vote responsibly but I was dead wrong. It is truly a very sad day. I am shocked and saddened by those who praise the result. How can they be so blind????

cityquilter grace said...

i don't think it's because they share his values, it's because they are grasping onto the promises because of their lives slipping away due to outsourced jobs, jobs taken by illegals, the constitution not being upheld and the sanctity of life being ignored....

Dogwood Lane Rambles said...

In 1968 I was shell shocked by assassination and war. Every day I feared that a knock on my door would bring news of my husband's death in a land so far away I couldn't even find it on a map. Yes, I lived through it and I hoped never to have to see it again. Today I apologize to my grown children and grandchildren because I took my eye off the prize. I thought the war against ignorance and hate had been won. I feel as if I and my generation are failures. I knew that racism still existed, that hatred and fear of women was still rampant but I never believed that it would overtake what we knew in our hearts to be right. I feel this deeply because I'm too old now to fix it and my beloved grandchildren will pay the price. I will take today and maybe this week to grieve and the I will get back into the fight. I will continue to do what is right whenever I can.

Chookyblue...... said...

bugger bugger bugger........very worried here............

Barbara Anne said...

Me, too. It's all the more outrageous that Hillary won the popular vote. What were people thinking? As the mother of a disabled son, I am all the more heartbroken to think what the various groups in the population will endure during these next 4 years. Perhaps reality will shock Mr. Trump into growing up and behaving responsibly - but I'm not holding my breath.

So glad you had the extra umbrella and could share your immense store of kindness. We had rain yesterday, too, and it was just right for how I was feeling.

Hugs!

Sue SS said...

Only twice in my life can I remember feeling as I did yesterday. The first was 9/11 and the second was when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. However, our country survived 9/11 and came out strong, and my husband survived cancer and is healthy and happy. We will survive this and come out on the other side. I too spent yesterday grieving (not the way I wanted to spend my 74th birthday) but today I am tackling projects. I am also resolving to make an effort to live as we wish all would, accepting and offering a helping hand to all.
Thank you Nancy.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I want to move past November 8, 2016. It's hard when the news is filled with speculation on who will fill his cabinet...apparently the same people that I muted the TV when they spoke his tripe in the campaign. I am still me. Living in Rural America and holding fast to my Libral ideals. Trying to find a way to cocoon myself from the next 4 years. Trying hard not to think about the fact that so many Americans agree with the hate he spews. Even his tweet yesterday about the protesters was back to the "old trump" until someone wrote a walk back for him. He doesn't want to bring the Nation together...he is gloating...that would be in character, wouldn't it?

For the time being, I will not enter trump world. I will switch the station, exit social media or control what I read, remove myself from personal political discussions with his followers and try to keep my sanity and quell my bleeding heart. AND continue to help those I can and feed my compassion for those in need.

Thank you for blogging. Thank you for having an extra embrella.
xx, Carol

patty a. said...

Only about 1455 days until a new POTUS can be elected. I will be counting down the days and trying to survive as it is now open season on assaulting women. I will be listening very close and keeping track of the things he has been saying he will do and what actually changes. Orange one - I am watching you! Regan and the both the Bushs didn't scare me as much as this guy does. I am hoping that Cory Booker can get the support he will need to become the next POTUS.

I am glad you posted about the umbrella kindness. We as women have to watch out for each other. A small act of kindness can be very powerful. Thanks!