Four years ago I sat glued behind my laptop peeking over the screen occasionally to see the election coverage. It wasn’t that I didn’t care. I cared too much. I was so anxious. Ellie was only going on 3 years old, but even she knew there was something important happening that night. When Barack Obama won I cried. I cried because I was so incredibly proud of our country. I was so proud that we had finally evolved enough to elect the first President of color.
I tucked Ellie into bed that night telling her that she was a very lucky little girl. She witnessed history that night. She was going to live in a world different than what I grew up in. Very different than what her grandparents grew up in. A world that was unimaginable when her great grandparents were growing up.
Unfortunately we are not completely free of racism. With people who think like this still floating around.
I don’t want people like this guy to win. We obviously still have some work to do.
Watching the results come in I’m just as anxious. Maybe even more so. It’s not that I absolutely hate or even dislike Romney. I simply believe that President Obama is the guy for the job. I’m also incredibly worried for my daughter. I worried about her rights. I worried for all women’s rights.
Now let me get back to my original reason for writing this post.
No matter who wins tonight I will still be proud of our country. I will teach my children to be just as proud and just as respectful to Romney as they have been towards Obama.
Last night I posted this…
Nothing is more disheartening than to hear a child talking about a sitting President with disrespect. Even if you as a parent don’t agree with the President policies, he’s still our President and deserves to be respected as such. Respect that our fore fathers knew what they were doing. In four years, we’ll do this all over again.
Fast Forward a few hours…
And now that the race has been called for President Obama could we try to put all the anger aside and come together as a country? I know that it seems like I’m asking a lot, but could we at least try? Rather than teaching our children to hate this man, can we find a way to work with him? With each other? I’ve seen so many people comment about a nation divided. It doesn’t have to be. Those comments are keeping the nation divided.
Like I tweeted last night…
Ladies, regardless who you voted for tonight, you won!
We are and forever will been the UNITED States of America! – Barack Obama
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