Hello, it’s me, waving the red flag. I’m coming out from behind my fortress of casual sundresses to tell you that I’ve been an emotional wreck recently. I know. You are shocked. You would never have guessed! I’ve been dong such a good job of hiding it. But it’s true, I’ve been a mess.
So it’s been a month since Inauguration Day and the Women’s March on Washington. Yeesh. It feels more like a year. In the first few weeks post-Inauguration, I burned myself out. I was marching every weekend, calling my senators every chance I got, and staring at Twitter every waking moment. I’ve been politically engaged and active in electoral politics for as long as I can remember, but I’m new to activism, and have found myself unsure how to be effective since the Women’s March. Something had to change, so I reached out to a friend to get some advice on activism.
Let’s consider this my ‘coming out’. I’m a Christian, a Presbyterian (PC-USA) to be specific, and my faith is very important to me.
Growing up, I attended worship weekly, was active in youth group, went on mission trips, and participated in bible studies. After graduating high school, my faith continued to deepen, and I became even more involved in my church. Almost all of my free time was spent volunteering, singing in the choir, or hanging out with church friends.
My feet hurt, my back aches, & I’ve become slightly claustrophobic. But I wouldn’t trade my day at the Women’s March on Washington for the world, because yesterday I got to glimpse democracy in action. I got to march hand in hand with my mama as we stood up for minority rights, gay rights, trans rights, and human rights. My family and I took our first steps into the world of activism.
Over the last couple of months, very few things have been able to take my mind off of the mess that is our Democracy right now. Wine has been a good distraction. So has Gilmore Girls. But the best distraction of all? Puppies!
The Friday after the election, my sweet friend and co-worker brought her precious pup Hudson to the office for the day. He basically served as a therapy dog — just holding him for a little while made me feel infinitely better.
Now the dreaded day has arrived — Inauguration 2017. Since I can’t buy puppies for everyone in the country, I thought the next best thing would be to roundup a bunch of pictures of cute puppies.