Tuesday, June 16, 2020

We Are Living in a Nightmare of Our Own Making

Shit, everything is terrible out there, isn't it? I have lots of thoughts—about COVID-19, about Black Lives Matter, about Pride month, about transgender rights, about lots of stuff. You know, the usual.

Everything sucks. But we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Do the work. Do the learning. Do the donating. Do the protesting. Do the calling and the petitioning and the mailing. Do the voting. Do the talking to people who don't get it. Do the support work if you're an ally. Do the leading if you're a stakeholder. Work for justice.

Take care of yourself. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Take time to breathe. Get some fresh air. Celebrate the celebrations. (Katie graduated! Jack and Quinn killed distance learning! I functioned as an entire special education support team at my home!)

Look out for each other. Check in on someone who's having a hard time if you have that capacity. Tell someone you love them. Send a text to a friend to let them know you're thinking about them. Give your kid a hug. I was going to say smile at a stranger, but that is hard to do in a mask. Show through your actions that you care about every person you meet. Yeah, even that guy. Uh huh, her too. Yup, them as well. Be kind.

Hang in there.

6 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to find a post from you. You & your family have been on my mind so often. You could paper a room with the letters I have written to you in my head. You know, if they ever made it out of my mind and onto paper. Sigh
    Do take care and of course continue to be kind, as if we could imagine you any other way.

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    1. Huge love to you. I hope you're hanging in there!

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  2. Also glad to see your post. I've been thinking of you and your family, and others I know in the US. I hope you can all look after each other. Congratulations to Katie and to you!

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  3. Soo good to see a post from you. Was afraid I was missing them. Congratulations to Katie on graduation! Yay! You're doing a great job.

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    1. Thanks! I'm going to try to do some more writing. It's been so hard lately to motivate.

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