End of an Era

Be vigilant, close ranks

The women’s March on Washington and beyond is the precursor to planned series of acts of ‘civil disobedience’ should the rights we have earned so far be reversed. We refuse to go away quietly. Indeed ‘the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’ (Edmund Burke).

I hope you’ve all been keeping well, as have we in the Grey household. This is a brief post just checking in on how your week was, Friday January 20th in particular. We had the inauguration ceremony of a rather unpopular president who lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote. Saturday we had the Women’s March on Washington and beyond, kicking off a period of civil disobedience to fight against the threat of reversal of all the civil rights we have earned thus far.

It’s been an interesting week reading various articles and opinion pieces; I have probably listened to every speech out there made by both the incumbent and the former president – a starkly different experience, like night and day. The president’s final weekly address published on January 14th 2017 was particularly poignant for me:

“We can’t take our democracy for granted. All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the work of citizenship; not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life. If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, then grab a clipboard, get some signatures and run for office yourself. Our success depends on our participation, regardless of which way the pendulum of power swings. It falls on each of us to be guardians of our democracy.”

The vast differences in the partisan narratives that we each wield are overwhelmingly at odds that it seems almost impossible we could ever begin to bridge the chasm. The reality is that other people are having these experiences that are different than mine/ours, experience that they believe to be plausible and totally legit. I’m trying to think about that before I start judging their lives; trying to understand, but there doesn’t seem to be any reason or rhyme, or even common ground upon which to begin building.

Outdoors

For the first time, I had the strong urge to challenge someone in the comment section and my-forever-president’s wise advise to not get into arguments on the internet (in the comment section) prevailed. So instead, hubby and I went out for a walk in the park. We visited the waterfall and the ski resort and talked long into the night. Talked about our hopes for our family, our dreams individually and collectively. We enjoyed the scenery, emptied our minds and just sat there and enjoyed the fresh winter air, the video of which we have shared further down below.

Waterfall

Today we rest, Tomorrow me march. Every day after that, we close ranks and look out for each other. You are your brother’s keeper, so stay vigilant. God bless the United States of America.

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