By Myra Sessions, Boston, MA
How have I been feeling since the inauguration of Donald Trump to our highest office? It’s complicated.
- I feel angry that our most sacred values are being violated.
- I feel angry that our President violates our country and then lies about it.
- I feel angry that the strategy of many outrageous actions all at once seems to be working.
- I feel angry that there is seemingly little accountability and few elected voices speaking up.
- I feel angry that Trump both undermines and manipulates our media all at once.
- I feel angry that they fall for it.
- I feel embarrassed that the picture our country projects to the rest of the world is one of racism and hatred and fear.
- I feel embarrassed that we didn’t choose the smart woman; we so rarely choose the smart ones.
- I feel sad that my daughter won’t remember the optimism and acceptance that we felt these last 8 years as one barrier after another crumbled.
- I feel sad that we still have to protest this shit – leave my uterus alone!
- I feel proud of my husband for having a good answer when our son asks why we have to protest (and not just that the “bad man” is after us even if that is the way I feel).
- I feel proud of my 4 year old son for painting, when asked what he wanted the world to know he cares about, that he likes his friends – all of them—with all of their different colors and types of hair.
- I feel proud of my family for showing up to say this is not ok; this hatred, these values are not our America and our children deserve better. We all deserve better.
- I feel proud of my husband and extended family for showing up and speaking up; challenging those dear to them and growing closer together in the process.
- I feel proud of my 175,000 new friends for showing up too.
- I feel love for my community for coming together with creativity and humor and support and perseverance to say we are better than this. We are America.
It has been quite a week but I am not tired yet. Let’s get to work!