Lessons For My Son About The New U.S. President.

I had planned a post regarding the Presidential Inauguration as a follow-up to the post I wrote the day after the elections, which you can read here. For some reason, however, I just could not sit down and write. Maybe it was my subconscious trying to avoid the subject altogether. I’m not sure, but can you blame me?

When I think about how the new president and his actions will affect those around me, as a parent the most important person is no longer myself. My biggest concern is now the little brown eyed boy sitting in front of me who truly has no idea about what is going on around him. The days after the election were filled with numbness. I began to question whether we really did need to make America great again because the amount of people that came out and supported a platform based on racism, bigotry, hate, and division was appaling to me. The fact that our country was apparently not ready to elect a woman as president, or at least this particular woman, was not the worst. The worst of it all was that such a high number of Americans had so willingly elected someone into office who had previously and continuously disrespected women, bad mouthed and generalized immigrants, publicly made fun of someone with disabilities, and the list goes on.

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Reminiscing On Past Years to Create New Year’s Resolutions.

For a few years now when I think about New Year’s resolutions I go back to December 2010, the last holiday season that my father, mother, and I spent together as a family. The thought usually plays out like a traditional movie shot from outside the home, the camera looks through the window as my family is celebrating inside. The narration then goes something like “and little did they know that was the last holidays they spent together.” 2010 had been a roller coaster for my family, we found ourselves in financial difficulties that we were finally getting over. We were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. We were hopeful. I was scheduled to return to law school after a year off due to our finances. What followed for my family in 2011, however, was heartbreaking on various levels. You can read some of it here. The rest of the story is still too personal and heartbreaking for me to share, even years later. In the middle of 2011 everything changed. My world was turned upside down.

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