I’ve been pretty busy, trying to beat back a cold that won’t end, waking up a couple of times a night to feed my little girl, and fighting fake fires with my toddler.
I’ve been trying to focus on the good parts of the world.
Because, despite the endless swirl of the spin that appears to be dragging us all down, there’s a lot of good in the world.
Like, the Cubs are still in the World Series.
And my babies are dressed up in adorable costumes today.
And the sun rose this morning and we’re all here to greet it.
This election is going to be over in a week, everyone, either way.
I’m a student of history, chicks. I read it as fast and as much I can, especially lately, because there’s comfort to me in the fact that this isn’t the first time we’ve been in a panic. It hasn’t been the first time that violent rhetoric has threatened our democracy.
And we’re still standing.
As Joe Biden would say, “C’mon, we’re America!”
To me, this election cycle has shocked me into a clarity about the fact that there are more people who do not care about their fellow man than I thought there were. That they’ve been waiting on the edge for someone to tell them it was okay to say out loud that the poor, the weak, the different, they don’t matter as much or at all.
And at first that made me upset, because I didn’t want to believe they were out there in large numbers. But now, I think, it makes me relieved, because I want you where I can see you.
I don’t want to laugh nervously and change the subject the next time you say something racist or sexist or just kind of shitty about one of the people I share our country with- I want to say, I see you, and what you said is not okay, and I’m not going to be quiet about it, because you said it about my brother or my sister. I don’t care where you were brought up or how old you are or what kind of religious beliefs you have, the most basic tenant of coexistence is that we just be nice to each other, you guys.
My mom taught me that.
I hope your mom did too.
Theo and I have been talking a lot about how important it is to be nice. About how it’s not always easy, but it’s always important. I want my kids to grow up to be kind. That would be enough.
And so my suggestion (to myself too, because this is hard for all of us) for the next eight days is that we just try to be nice to each other.
Also, vote, everyone. Vote because this election matters so much to so many people. It will say something about how we feel about each other as humans.
This will be over and in our rear view mirror in a little more than a week, and I promise you, chickens, we will be ready to face it either way because we are America, and we haven’t always been right or perfect, but we have always been tough.