I am having a hard time. How is it that we elected an individual who, if he were a middle school student, would be receiving counseling and consequences for bullying, name calling, put-downs, hateful language, and inciting others to violence? So I went to the zoo, a place where people get along, admire creation, reflect and draw.
My mood was slowly lifted by hearing many spoken languages, seeing diverse people, watching the care families have for each other, and noticing the concern for safeguarding our world from climate change. And then I ran into a retired teacher I worked with for years, a fabulous educator, someone who believed in and worked wonders for all students, particularly children learning English as a second language. We didn’t discuss the election, I don’t know who she voted for, but I remembered that she belongs to a different political party than I do, and it made me think again about what President Obama said about all of us being on the same team.
Times are scary for me. I am not giving up or giving in, but I do have faith that we Americans, people like the marvelous teacher and most of the rest of us, can work together, follow the golden rule, and live the values of our American constitution. The progressive point of view is important and it is best heard through conversation, which mean listening, discussing and thinking. I plan to speak up and use my voice in support of a civil country that embraces all people and extends much more help to those who need it.
The two giraffes were drawn with marker on watercolor paper. The background was added at home with Procreate.