OK, I promised to get back to knitting today, but honestly, I can’t. I even had a whole post-election pantsuit-related post planned out. But, watching the election last night made me sick to my stomach, and seeing the news this morning makes me want to cry.
I know Americans are better than this, or at least I thought we were. I’m so disappointed in us, that we’re stuck with all this bigotry and hatred for the next 4 years. I worry about the kids I teach growing up in this environment and I worry about the hard-fought rights of women, minorities and LGBT+ people.
I’m going to take today to be sad, to cry and whine and cocoon up in my house. But tomorrow, I’m going to start doing something about it. I’m signing up to volunteer in my community. I’m going to donate to Planned Parenthood and the Southern Poverty Law Center. I’m going to remember this day every time I interact with the little girls of all nationalities in my classes, and do my best to teach them that they are important and their rights matter, no matter what the voters said yesterday.
Please join me in keeping this country moving forward. Give to human rights charities, volunteer at local soup kitchens and free clinics, keep fighting for what you believe in. And most important, stay safe.
(And here’s a picture of my dog dressed up as a Beanie Baby for Halloween because I need something cute to get me through the day.)