A new world
Saturday November 07th 2020, 7:59 pm
Filed under: Family,History,Life,Politics

Four years ago I was at a doctor’s for what was probably her last appointment of the day. She always took time to really listen and really ask questions, but that meant the number of minutes late piled up. I knew that. I expected that. It meant someone else was getting the care they needed and she loved that from my point of view, it also meant I got to knit: take your time.

It was going on past 5:00 on election day.

The nurse walking by was a tall African-American woman who looked absolutely stricken, putting one foot in front of the other and just trying to get through the day without bursting into tears. I learned from her face in that instant just what it must really feel like to know that Trump, whose daddy had been in the KKK, was actually close to becoming President. After Obama, no less.

So I held up my phone and assured her, It’s looking good. It’s close, but this and this and this toss-up state, it’s blue, she’s got this.

I didn’t know her at all but in that moment we were friends.

Later that evening, though, state after state blipped and flipped and turned unfathomably red after all. I felt almost as if I had betrayed her in my inability to personally keep it how it had been.

One of the great things about all those paper ballots this time is that they are counted on machines not connected to the internet. There is no wondering about hacking, the vote is what the voter said. You can run them through again. It’s all good.

I’ve been thinking of that nurse a lot these last few days.

Chris S was the first to tell me this morning that the race had been called; the Washington Post had not yet. I ran to go look, and thanks to her got to seeĀ Van Jones on CNN. Don’t miss it. That’s it, right there.

On a different note: our grandnephew Benjamin arrived last night at 33 weeks 1 day. He is in the NICU to give his lungs some time to play catch up. He is beautiful, we are thrilled, and all those crowds today across the country and even other countries calling out windows in cities banging pans dancing in the streets honking horns singing making music waving celebrating welcoming joining dancing some more–welcome to our world, little one. That was for your future. The terrible man who hated your beautiful brown skin has lost his power. I think you’ll like it here now. You couldn’t wait to see it for yourself.

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Welcome Benjamin! It’s a great day at last. Finally there is a consensus for hope, civility, compassion, normalcy, and inclusiveness.

Comment by DebbieR 11.07.20 @ 8:30 pm

Finally, finally, after 4 long terrible years, I will be able to get a reasonable nights sleep! Nothing is perfect, life isn’t perfect, but we are taking steps forward and attempting cooperation. That is so much more than what we have had to deal with for the last 4 years! Sleep well and a huge big welcome to Benjamin! It’s nice to be able to welcome you into a world where everyone has a chance!

Comment by Christine L Pereira 11.07.20 @ 8:52 pm

Welcome to the world, Benjamin! And welcome back to civility and hope, America! Now the work begins. I am so aware that 70 million people voted for the other candidate. There is much consensus building to be done, but it can be done.

And I have *so* missed complete sentences.

Comment by Pegi F 11.08.20 @ 5:47 am

Welcome, Benjamin! What a great time to be born.

I was saying to a friend yesterday, we’ve still got a lot of problems, but how wonderful to have an adult in that position to lead us forward. Compassion! Intelligence! Complete sentences! It’s amazing.

Comment by ccr in MA 11.08.20 @ 9:15 am

Sometimes a 3-hour time difference is a good thing. Glad I emailed and glad you were checking your inbox.
I know there are many who are not happy about the result, but I pray that with a little time they can see the difference is good. I pray for all of you that you can be, again, the United states.

Comment by Chris S in Canada 11.08.20 @ 2:38 pm

Oops. Welcome to little Benjamin. May he never experience the racism those before him did.

Comment by Chris S in Canada 11.08.20 @ 2:40 pm

Welcome, Benjamin. I hope you are doing well. I promise you I won’t stop working for justice and a safe planet for you and all the little ones just because we won this one. There is so much to do, and someday maybe we will work side-by-side on it.

Comment by twinsetellen 11.10.20 @ 11:37 am

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