Thank you, Mom & Dad
No profound post about the inauguration or the farewell.
Just a reflective look at how I think we got here.
I am immensely grateful to the Good Lord for blessing me with the parents I have.
Due to the way I was raised, there is no way I would ever tolerate any of Trump's so-called "values."
I feel so blessed to have a dad who raised me to be a strong woman who looks out for others and empathizes with those different than me. I know I am the way I am because there is no way, my father would mistreat, abuse, or speak about women the way Donald does. I have such high self esteem because I know my father is a good man and was an amazing husband.
I feel so blessed to be my mother's child. The honor of a lifetime is being her daughter. If I can be a tenth of the woman she was, I will be ecstatic. With multiple degrees (graduating high school, college, and grad school all at younger than average age), she showed me, just like Michelle Obama, smart girls are cool. Through the black mentoring foundation she started, she reiterated the importance of education and advocacy. With impeccable style and shoes envied by all, she showed me how to be a dynamic woman. Even in losing her battle with cancer, she planned out every gift until my 21st birthday, complete with a heartfelt card for me to open up each year. She will forever live on in me.
My life has been filled with so much love, integrity, and courage. It gave me such a strong foundation.
Not everyone had parents like that. I think that may partly be why some people have no issue overlooking deplorable behavior.
Maybe your dad abused your mom, talked down to her, or objectified women reducing them to their appearances. My heart breaks for you if this is true.
Maybe your mom didn't know her worth so she modeled poor self esteem in the home. Let her know she is enough. Maybe she wasn't ambitious and insulted women who were go-getters.
Maybe you never felt pretty enough or good enough, so Donald's shallow view of the world didn't eat away at you. I am sure you have a lot to offer, focus on that. Don't let anyone make you feel "not whole."
Maybe you were raised so partisan that you put party over country. People like Donald are the reason I will always be an Independent and never subscribe to one party.
...or maybe none of these happened to you. Maybe you have decided on your own to have a loose moral compass.
Many people face all the challenges in the world and still have virtue and principle, so it can be done.
In any case, it's never too late to change. I urge all the Trumpers out there to do some deep soul searching as to why you thought it was okay to put this man in power. I say this out of concern. You were not considering me when you cast your ballot for him... but I believe some of you can still be reached.
If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
My morals and integrity are embedded in the very fabric of my being. I will never compromise them.
Thank you, mom and dad. ❤