“Mom, today is the day. He becomes our president. What are we going to do?”
My 10 year old daughter has true concern on her face. She has been watching this election and we have had many conversations about how we disagree with the many sexist, racist, misogynistic, degrading, and downright poorly educated comments that have come out of this man’s mouth over the last year. How he is simply a bully.
We have had lots of opportunities to talk about values and how we can live ours every day no matter what else is going on in the larger world.
So, that is what we talked about this morning.
“Today, I am going to be extra kind to the people around me. I am going to make a point of being very aware of being the person I want to be. I am going to trust that most of the people in the world, especially the people in our community, are well intentioned, kind, considerate, accepting, loving people. I am NOT going to watch or listen to the inauguration. I am going to choose NOT to complain about him today. Instead, I am going to focus on how to put love and kindness into the world.”
“Oh, Mom, I like that idea. That is something I can do too. And I can stand up for someone if someone else is being unkind or something. I can just do the opposite of what he would do! Then, tomorrow we can protest at the march.”
Yes, we are marching tomorrow. In Portland. Because that is something we can do.
And we can vote. And we can speak up when we see injustice. And we can stay engaged.
We can do the opposite of what he would do. We can live OUR values. Every day.
We can counter the emotional immaturity that is being displayed everyday by this man and his supporters with our own emotional maturity.
Going high does not mean turning other cheek, it means working at the top of our intelligence, instead of dropping down to meet bullies at their level.
Let’s show our children that we are better than this. Let’s show them that we are strong and resilient and able to weather this storm by continuing to fight hard for equal rights for all Americans with our best selves. Our loudest and most eloquent voices.
And our votes.
We have power. Let’s show our children how to use it.