I took a day off to lick my wounds, evaluate the new situation, and calm my soul, now I'm back in the game.
It was interesting watching the different reactions of people yesterday. I spent a lot of time texting with our daughter in Texas who was dealing with both grief and anger. Texas is not easy to take on a good day if you're a Democrat, and espically not after the Trump win.
I describe our son as "a man of few words" but he runs deep, he's a thinker. Yesterday morning I texted him "Well, that did not go well." His reply was "It certainly did not." I heard nothing else from him until evening when I began to receive photos and texts. He works in downtown Portland (OR) and Portland is a city that loves marches and protests. He had walked over after work and joined the the protest march that was forming. After he'd been there a while he reported he'd still not seen any police. Apparently that was his way of recovering his political balance. He marched a while and then caught the train home. This morning I read that march was unplanned and formed around a group of high school girls and college students. Estimates were it grew to about 2000.
I was proud of Oregon's Senator Wyden for begininng his day visiting schools and talking with students.
It's often difficult for me to see a way I can make a difference given my close to home living situation. However, at the end of the day I realized I can have a voice through my children in their work places and their social lives. They're busy people with limited time for research and fact checking. I have the time to do those things and put that information in their hands to use when the time is right.