The last apocalyptic disaster on American soil took place on 9/11 (2001).
Now we have 11/9 (2016).
1) Telling the Children:
Everyone is asking “How do we explain this to the children?” Here is how I did:
Then I hugged the other mom at the bus stop and we shared a heaving cry. (She had been holding it together for her son until the moment the bus pulled away.) Then after marveling with some other parents -and an encounter with one bafflingly jubilant neighbor- I went home to desperately commune with my social media community, a sampling of which I present here hopefully for the historical and future benefit of my kids.
2) What coulda, shoulda been:
As we witnessed up close in Philadelphia, the DNC (Democratic National Congress) rigged the game to help ensure Hillary Clinton would become the Democratic nominee, even though Sanders was both more popular AND capable of beating Chump.
3) Fellow grieving Moms & Dads:
And my personal favorite:
4) Some historical notes:
First thing on this morning after last night’s abominable nomination is the STOCK MARKET tanked. (“Thanks Obama!”)
The U.K hurt itself badly this year by inadvertently voting to exit the European Union. Not to be outdone, here in the U.S. we played our “Trump” card. Ugh.
The Obamas (even if we disagree with policies like the wars and fossil fuel) have conducted themselves with nothing but integrity, grace and class.
In the late 1930’s an inexplicably horrible dictator (Hitler) came to power and conducted its country through unspeakable atrocities throughout World War II. (The Holocaust.)
This is especially disturbing because this now president-elect of ours is a BIG FAN (brags of studying Hitler’s playbook, Mein Kampf, for years).
For added irony, this date in 1938 was a particularly sharp point of terror in Hitler’s era.
5) Some folks we may know:
Your Daddy did not mince words today.
Neither did your Uncle Robert:
Daddy’s cousin Ryan highlights a good point:
Here is one of our own local elected officials (Cambridge School Committee).
And this from Oakland, my home town:
There are also protests in cities happening all over the country, including over 10,000 in Boston right now as I write. In fact ClaraJane and I caught a protest march full of angry millennials barreling through Central Square earlier this evening (like a human train ride from the dance studio to the restaurant). Although we did not chant “FUCK TRUMP! FUCK TRUMP!” we certainly marched in solidarity. ClaraJane got quite a few high-fives in her ballet tights and tutu. As we got off at our stop (Middle East Restaurant) I yelled to them, “Great job you guys! Keep your voices up! YOU ARE THE FUTURE!” They cheered, and I hope they believed me -and believe in themselves- because it’s true.
6) Moving forward, imperfectly of course:
All is not lost:
From the most super genius/economist I know (also a juggler, ahem):
From Aunt Sasha:
It’s real kids; YOU ARE THE FUTURE.
Look for the helpers.
BE the helpers.
How to begin?
Let’s begin here.
Let’s do this. #NODAPL