Tag: America

2017: The Year of the ?!?!!!

My brain is not okay with tomorrow’s inauguration. All week it’s been buzzing and racing and running “omg, omg” on a loop. I’m usually pretty calm, collected, and organized. (At least outwardly.) But this week I left the gelato out and it melted, I forgot my umbrella when it rained, I cried in the car, I missed deadlines, I slept through my alarm. About once a day, I feel sort of numb and detached. Then my stomach hurts. That last part isn’t so new.

This sums up my 2017 so far pretty well:

Knowing I’m far from the only one feeling like this helps. In that way, Twitter helps. It also reminds me that the next four years hold very high stakes for America… so yes, take care of yourself and allow these hard days or weeks, but stay in the fight and keep moving ahead. It all feels very devastating right now. But also right now, Barack Obama is president of my country. He’s a really good person and his leadership was more than legislation or speeches. (Although a lot of that was really good too.) Knowing he’ll be among us as a citizen is something I think I can take comfort in tomorrow and the long days ahead.

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For Posterity

For Posterity

Today, July 26, 2016, a woman was nominated for President of the United States of America. That has never happened before. Now, when it happens again, it won’t be that big of a deal. And that’s a pretty big deal.

Months ago, I didn’t expect to be as emotional about this as I am. Politics have worn me out this year. But my tears today had nothing to do with party platforms or policies.

I was never told as a kid that a woman couldn’t be the president. But it never happened, so my reality as an American for the past 35 years (and for the past 227 years) has been: A woman as our government’s leader? Our cultural guide? Our military chief? Our highest in command? A woman? In a respected top position of power? THE position of power? Nope. Never.

So, yeah. Today things CHANGED.

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