Saturday, December 10, 2016

Election Musings in December

I woke up this morning, December 6, almost a month since the election and
realized that we truly are living in an alternate reality, a time and place that I no longer recognize.  Where our freedom and first Amendment rights are in jeopardy.  This is not the United States that I remember.  We are surrounded by a dark ominous cloud.  The president is no longer a person that our children can look up to. I truly hope that I’m wrong and that our country can come together. Sadly, I’m not feeling very hopeful at this point.

What do we say to our children? How do we let them know that bullying is wrong, that hatred and prejudice are wrong? We do this by talking to them and by being the person that they can look up to.  I came across this letter that a father wrote to his children the day after the election. He said what is probably on many of our minds.

“I know that you asked for me to wake you up when we learned who won the election. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it.  I am very sorry to let you know that Donald Trump has won. He will be the President for at least the next four years.

Mom and I are very upset by this, and we know that you will be too.  We want you to know a few things:

1. We are not alone. Millions of people voted for Hillary Clinton. They share our shock and disbelief this morning.
2. You don’t need to be afraid.  Even though you have heard hateful things from Trump and his supporters, there are ALWAYS people that will stand up to that hate. Together we will protect each other and the values we find important.
3. There is a lot to be hopeful about.  This isn’t the end of a fight. This is just another chapter of a struggle that’s been going on for a long time.  If you look at the progress we’ve  made as a country and as a planet, you’ll see that there is much to celebrate.  This type of setback happens often, and it makes us even stronger.

You have learned in school about the dream of what our country can be. Today you might be learning that there is still a long way to go before that dream becomes reality for all of us.  But I still believe in that dream very strongly, and so should you.

I hope this experience helps you understand why Mom and I spend a great deal of time and energy fighting for things that we believe in.  Why we speak up when we see something that we think is wrong.  We hope that as you grow up and make up your own minds about things, that you’ll join us in this struggle.  We know that your passions will allow you to accomplish great things.

Days like this are hard. But they are also great reminders of how important it is to keep fighting for what is right, and we will.” by Joel Levin

After reading this, with tears in my eyes, I felt a bit stronger, I knew that
together we could make a difference.  So I’ve joined thousands of teachers to make our voices heard, to show kindness instead of anger and hate. To be the people our children can look up to. As  Mrs. Obama said, “ When they go low, we go high.”  We all need to remember that “Love Trumps Hate!”

Caught in the Act of Being Kind
With this in mind, I’ve put together a resource called, “Caught in the Act of Being Kind.” Whenever a child witnesses someone doing a kind deed for
someone else, that person will be rewarded with a kindness card that can be saved in their kindness booklet.

Since the holiday season can be a sad one for so many people. "How to Beat the Holiday Blues," is another creation meant to help those kiddos who are unhappy.

How to Beat the Holiday Blues
I can’t think of a better time to show good will to each other than the holiday season which is upon us.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful holiday season.


This is a part of our December Teacher Talk blog link up. Please check out these blog posts from other educators.

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