I have knots in my stomach about this past election. I literally lay sleepless last night thinking about changes to come and how they would or wouldn’t effect my family, my girls. Truthfully I don’t have enough knowledge about government policy to be sure of any outcomes either way, so in an effort to completely understand I’m making an early resolution to become more knowledgeable, to put down my pleasure reading for a while every week and pick up a newspaper, or watch the news (why is that so hard?).
Brandon voted while Lilly paraded around outside yelling, “I voted! I voted!”
My Dad saw these pictures and instantly said, “That explains Dora taking an early lead.” and I laughed out loud. Lilly’s world is so simple.
But two very important little people will be effected by the events of this weeks electoral decision and there is no escaping the panicky feeling I have about the world they will grow up in (not even in regards to this presidency in particular, just in general). I often turn a blind eye toward politics, the news, and current events media in general. I mean what does all that have to do with playtime and reading a few chapters of a book and getting the laundry done? I don’t WANT to spend time worrying. I don’t WANT to make informed decisions that force me to consider the well being of my family and my children. But I know that I need to.
I have faith in the village of support I’m hoping to give my girls in the people that surround them. If a part of their future world crumbles, I have faith that our village will lift them up.
And at the risk of starting conversations that many may wish not to have, I have to ask you all: How, how, how can you be married to someone with a different political opinion than yours? Doesn’t that come down to different core, fundamental values? Different family priorities? How can those things be on opposite sides of the political spectrum but coexist peacefully enough to have a happy marriage? I’d love to hear your thoughts (even annonymously) because I really can’t stop thinking about it. So many of my friends have posted on facebook, “time to cancel out each other’s votes again” “well I’m happy but my husbands not” “time for another fight at the poles” and it just baffles me. I could never let it go if Brandon and I differed in opinion on the issues that are so important to us. Shed some light? K, thanks.
Another thought to leave you with, at the risk of sounding cliche yet again, “It’s time we not only think about leaving a better world for our children, but leaving better children for our world.” Think about it.
In that regard, I am currently teaching Lilly the value of hard work by actually putting her to work collecting kindling for the fire. Gotta stay warm somehow!
That is all.