Sunday, November 13, 2016

Five Days Since...

This has been a rough week.  Busy, of course, with work, friends, and family...but there's been an underlying sadness.  I cried myself to sleep on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, I had to explain to my 8-year old daughter why 60.3 million Americans voted for a man who displays behavior that we have been working tirelessly at preventing in our schools.  The look on her face was one of fear and sadness.

I had to explain that out of the four of us in our house, that her father may be the only one who is not negatively impacted, as he is a straight, white, Christian male.  Ava and I?  Well, we're females, and our reproductive rights might fly right out the window.  G?  He's too young to know where he is going to land with everything...all I know at this point is that he's a white male.

This week, I've done a lot of reading, discussing, and thinking.  I don't generally get so heavily invested in politics, but this decision was too big to just shrug my shoulders at and then move on.  I need to find a way to come to terms with this.  These next four years should prove to be interesting.  I think change will come, but I don't think it's going to be what 60.3 million Americans signed up for.

Other than that madness, I've had some good times with the kids this weekend.  Scott was gone for a 2nd weekend of deer hunting (he got a doe yesterday - nice job!) and Ava was with Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey for 24 hours, starting on Friday night.  That gave me and little G a  LOT of quality time together.  We caught up on a bunch of movies (Wreck It Ralph and both Planes movies), read some good books, and had a great time playing and cuddling together.  Ava got home last night, and our house went from being semi-quiet to being really, really loud.  I'm pretty sure she doesn't have an internal volume sensor.

This is from last weekend's Sunday breakfast at IHOP...good times!


My mom came over and helped me with a few things around the house/yard while G was napping yesterday, and this afternoon we're off to a really big craft fair in the west side of the cities.  Scott made it home safely a few minutes ago, so we're going to take the kids to the park so they can burn off some energy. It's a beautiful November day in Minnesota...it's almost 50 degrees, sunny, and gorgeous blue skies. Need to enjoy it before the cold and dark days set in...

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