I mean, really. That our country selected Donald Trump over, well, over anyone else is just shit.
And I’ve been afflicted with the white upper middle class guilt trauma of it all – weeping, lethargy, sadness. When my Kai looked up at me and said, “but, Mommy, what if Donald Trump doesn’t do his best?” and I assured him that of course he would, he’s our new President, and in my heart I wasn’t sure what that even looked like – he’d do his best to fulfill his horrific campaign promises? He’d do his best to change his mind, alienating his voters, and sparking yet more class and regional division in our country? Is there anything we can hope for here? – I just gave up for a little while.
Then we got a stomach bug. “We” meaning Andrew and myself, and the ripple affects of that were being behind on all work – household, office, church, self-care, you know, our children.
But here we are in a new week, and I’m currently focusing on three things.
- I’m a gosh-darn HSP, and so yeah, the back-to-back Holy Land trip and then Tump-pocalyse was going to kick my ass. Too. Much. Feels. My needing some buffer days of non-functioning wasn’t me being lazy or lame, it’s just how I roll. And now I’m able to do my thing again.
- I am a sooooo privilaged. Other than repealing the autism-specific help of the ACA, or shifting the focus of autism research back to the stone age of vaccine-conspiracies (both things Trump has said he’d do), I’m bullet-proof. I have healthcare independant of the ACA. I’m done having babies, and I have an IUD good through the whole Trump presidency. I’m in a heterosexual marraige, I’m white, I’m Christian, I’m employed…I’m personally going to be fine. SO – I can help others. I can speak. I can swing my white-lady opinions around and around. And I will.
- But. I am, above all, pro-Peace. A follower of Jesus. I will never forget that every human being I encounter is created in God’s image, and that the most important commandment, second only to loving God, is to love your neighbor as yourself…and everyone I meet is my neighbor.
That’s enough to work on for now, I think.