I have been following the news today and tears well up in my eyes when I see images like these. This is the new Congress where women and children will come first.
I am a teacher, mother of three daughters, and grandmother to two amazing little people. There have been times in my past where I know that I or my daughters are considered second class citizens. I would find myself clenching my jaw at times as I watch how kids treat each other, often following their parents’ lead. These preconceived ideas about women, people of color, and anyone that is different from the norm are so imbedded in our culture.
This last year has been upsetting for me as so many prejudices and fear-based beliefs have become so active in this country and world. I watched our government destroy so much of what I believe in. However, today, I feel such joy and hope and can say I am glad to be an American. I am looking forward to seeing the results and trickle down effect of these souls’ boldness, courage, commitment, and bravery.