Like many in this country, I am still mentally reeling after this election. I speak cautiously in my work environment, unsure who may be quietly celebrating the win of their candidate. Inside, I feel like wailing and screaming.
I worry for my children. Strong beautiful children of color, in a country whose president elect seems to respect only those who are male white and powerful. I think of my Rob, coming of age in a world that suddenly seems more bigoted and narrow than I ever thought our country could be again. I think of KC and Lissa whose optimism and belief in a wonderful future was rocked this morning at breakfast when we talked about election results.
I worry for myself. I worry that rights I have been able to enjoy as a married lesbian woman will somehow be curtailed, or lost entirely.
I worry for the work I do. I work in an industry that provides housing to the more vulnerable members of our society. Those who are socio-economically deprived. I have worked in this industry long enough to know that our work is always under funded and harder during Republican administrations. I have never had the misfortune of working during a trifecta of Republican control.
I worry for the women of our society. It is hard to feel that someone who espoused what was charitably called "locker room talk" will really champion equality, will embrace breaking the glass ceiling. Will women even be continued to choose what happens to their own bodies?
The world is never a certain place but I have always idealistically believed that justice and right could and would prevail. Today, I am not so very sure of that.