I woke up this morning with a horrible headache. I stayed up ’til the wee hours of the morning to watch the election results, thus causing said headache. It literally took me an hour to get out of the bed and to the coffee maker. Who knew pumpkin spice could be so healing?? I drank my coffee while the boys played foosball (somewhat loudly). I checked Facebook a few times, only to see hatred everywhere. So I put it down for a bit. I paid some bills, did some work I’ve been procrastinating online, started the boys on their school work and came to sit and blog for a bit.
This year’s election has been a hot button topic all year, but especially last night and this morning. There are strong feelings and beliefs on both sides. Unfortunately, when emotions run high, mouths run too much. I’ve seen a lot of people claiming fear and outrage for themselves and/or their children. Why are your children afraid? Did you tell them bad things would happen if Trump became president? Did you encourage their emotions when someone else told them bad things would happen? If so, that’s not their fault. We should be encouraging our children, letting them know they are safe; they are loved; and most importantly, they belong to God.
My children haven’t known much about the election because my DH and I have kept it from their ears. They really began to question it last week, when it was on every channel and everyone’s mind. So we told them (re-read the blog on this). I explained the choices, their platforms, and when we would know who the next POTUS was. They became concerned. You may be wondering why, since they are white, “privileged” (according to most), and legal citizens. Well, let me inform you. My children were concerned because they didn’t want a president who would force vaccines in them; they didn’t want a president who would kill unborn babies; they didn’t want a president who allowed Benghazi to happen and lied to cover it up. They didn’t want someone to force them into a particular type of school structure or curriculum. Yes, they were concerned. Did I or my DH give into that? NO! Absolutely not. We reassured them that no matter who was president, Jesus is still Lord. We made sure they knew we would protect them at all costs, fight for them, and keep them safe.
So, last night during the election, they had their electoral vote count worksheet. Early in the day, we watched a program explaining how voting works (popular vs. electoral). My oldest wanted to know if I thought it was right to have an electoral election over a popular one. My answer was simple. “I don’t know.” If we had a popular election, then Obama never would have been president. So I guess it depends on if you trust the system to work for you, as a united people. Whether you like it or not, it’s what we have.
As the night progressed, they really got into the election votes. Every time a state was called for Trump, they would write it in his column and color that state red. (see photo at bottom). It was super intense for all of us, except the smallest. He was just eating popcorn, pretending it was a movie. 🙂 (Bless him). I sent them to bed around midnight when I realized this was not going to be called until early morning. I woke, this morning, to my middle child bouncing in my room excited to tell me, “Mom! Trump won! We won!” He finished coloring his sheet and tallying the electoral votes. In this election, the system he had learned about, worked. The American people spoke. President elect was decided.
I understand fear. I do. I’m afraid. I’m afraid my family will be judged because we are white, privileged, middle class people. I’m afraid for my black friends who voted Trump, and let it be known. They voted based on platform and beliefs. We are all tired of Washington. This is not a color/race war. This is simply life in America. You present the candidates; they make their platforms; you vote; one wins. We accept them as president for four years. We support them, pray for them, and follow the law. I did not vote for Obama for the past 2 elections. But I sure did pray for him and his family and staff.