FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Yep, it over. Thank heavens it’s over. Did I mention that I’m glad it’s over? I woke up this morning to my 13 year old daughter wanting me to rush to the porch to retrieve the paper to see who won the election. She took one look at the headlines, threw the paper down in anger and stomped off back up the stairs to get ready for school. I just stood there and shook my head at her, knowing she was basing all of her knowledge on things her dad had told her. We don’t talk politics in our house. I was raised with the strong belief that this was a personal journey and your vote was to be kept to yourself. I can clearly remember my parents coming home from voting and I asked them who they voted for. I was probably about 13, the same age of my daughter, and was just becoming aware of the whole voting process. My dad sat me down at the table and made it very clear to me that you NEVER asked someone who they voted for, and that your vote was no one elses business. I have respected that throughout my life, and try to keep my choices in the voting booth to myself.
When I was married it would quickly become a joke that I, as a Democrat, would vote just to cancel out my ex-husband, the Republicans vote. I have voted both sides of the political line, as I try to vote for the best man, not for the color of his tie. Today I took my morning scroll through my Facebook page and was so disheartened by the remarks left by my Republican friends. Quotes “Sad day for America”….”I fear for the future of myself and my daughter”…..”I can’t believe we have to suffer through another four years”….”Very scared for our future”…..”Guess nows a good time to travel abroad for four years”…and then the ones I will never reprint because they pull the “race” card. It made me sad for a short time, and then I read one from a friend, Trisha Deboor, who is a newly ordained Lutheran Minister who wrote: “Keep Calm and Carry on. It will all work out.” I still will not share who I voted for, and some who know me would be surprised at my choice, but I will share my thoughts about the post-election: We as a nation of many races, religions, beliefs and free minds need to stay stong. No single man will be able to change things overnight. Each time a new “party” takes a seat in the oval office, they blame all of the wrongs on the past president, which means that each person we have voted to run our country has failed miserably. Right? I am in no way a great political mind, and I never will be, but I try to look at things logically. No single person has the power, and it’s like a domino effect…..that’s why we have a House and a Senate. Every elected official, be they a Republican or Democrat, has a little bit of the power and hopefully all of those that we have elected will come together for the good of this country.
So don’t ask me who I voted for, I won’t tell you. It’s none of your business, and I am smart enough to know that if you were rude enough to ask me, then you would be rude enough to push your one-sided views on me if I voted the “wrong” way. I am proud to be an American, and I will continue to pray for whoever is sitting in the oval office. May God guide his heart and hands to do well, along with all the others serving this country who are making decisions that will impact my life, and the lives of my children and grandchildren. “KEEP CALM and CARRY ON. IT WILL ALL WORK OUT” ♥