But Then That Happened

23 Jan

About a year ago I began writing a new novel. When I write a novel, I pour my heart into every word.

I face my emotions – often buried, uncomfortable emotions – to better understand (and ultimately, express) our shared humanity.

I find compassion for every character in my story, in order to tell their story.

I make myself vulnerable by writing for our most vulnerable population: Kids.

I write to let them know their individuality is beautiful, no matter how scared and insecure they may feel now.

I write to help them develop empathy for other individuals who are traveling on a different path, sometimes more difficult and challenging than their own.

I write because I feel it’s my calling — and every adult’s responsibility — to empower all kids with hope.

But then November 8th happened. And I stopped writing. Because, for the first time in my life, I’d lost hope.

It had nothing to do with a particular political party or ideological choices or conservative values.

It had to do with morality.

How could children believe they mattered after adults had anointed a bully to lead and represent us? A man who revels in humiliating others. Who openly degrades and mocks individuality. Who appears void of unconditional love or empathy.  Who permits only those like him to have hope.

But then January 21st happened. And as I stood in moral solidarity with millions of women, men, children, teens, and all those in between — from every corner of this small planet we ALL share — I found hope again.

And I’m back pouring my heart into every word.


16 Replies to “But Then That Happened

  1. We are all better for what happened on January 21 and can realize that the people out there are expressing dissatisfaction with their elected president because we did not vote for this bigoted,racist,anti-feminist.

  2. Unfortunately, in response to that earth shaking march, five states are enacting legislation to criminalize protests. One even (North Dakota) will permit drivers to run over a protester who dares march in the street!! There is much work to do to insure January 21st has a meaningful political impact.

  3. It’s coming along… slowly but surely 🙂

    I think you’re referring to this horrifying article, Elaine:
    REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS IN FIVE STATES PROPOSE BILLS TO CRIMINALIZE PEACEFUL PROTEST – https://theintercept.com/2017/01/19/republican-lawmakers-in-five-states-propose-bills-to-criminalize-peaceful-protest/

    Actually written before the 1/21 Womens March, so I can’t imagine it will win support? PLUS clearly it’s unconstitutional?!! “The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.”

    Frightening and chilling.

  4. I felt exactly as you did. An unsteadiness overcame me that felt like it wouldn’t leave for four years. The marches lifted that anxiety and even though there’s a lot of work to be done and things will happen that Imdont like, I know there is hope for the future. Thanks for saying it so well.

  5. I had a feeling many of us (authors, illustrators, and all artists) were suffering similarly in silence together. We’ve spent the last several years preaching “anti-bullying” to children… and then what happens? We really needed Saturday! To let children know his depraved behavior and words are wrong and sad… and that he does not represent the majority, not even close. Time to rise up, do the work, and make our voices heard.

  6. I take heart from your post, and from the marches around the world. Resist!!! with our voices, our votes, and our wallets!

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