It’s tense. Our social media feeds are a tangle of anger, elation and brainy explanations of how this all happened.
A moment of shock and awe to realize Donald Trump will be our next president…
And yet woven through much of the conversation is this question… What now? What do I tell my children?
My children are now middle and high school ages, yet much of what our children learned in their younger years we can reiterate now.
In the spirit of Robert Fulghum‘s classic book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, I present my after election version:
All I Ever Really Needed to Know After the Election I Learned in Kindergarten
by Brittney Switala
Most of what I really need
To know about how to live after the messy election
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not on social media
Or from the TV talking heads
But there in the sandpile at Sunday School.
These are the things I learned:
Take a nap when you get tired.
Be kind; especially to people who are sad.
If there’s no blood, you don’t need a band-aid. Toughen up.
Be a good listener.
Be a good winner. Be a good loser.
Raise your hand if you want to be heard.
Be willing to stand alone to fight for what you believe.
Don’t throw temper tantrums and break things when you don’t get your way.
When you hurt someone’s feelings, say you’re sorry.
Don’t be a bully.
Pray for the person behind the big desk. His job is hard.
Go outside, look up at the sky.
God is SO BIG!
Live in awe and wonder.
Even in this tension I have found great joy in teaching my both teen and pre-teen so much about the voting process. Two candidates known for their lies and shady behavior required digging deeper beyond soundbites and shaking our heads. We talked party platforms and the importance of supreme court appointments. We talked the spectrum of the beliefs of socialists to libertarians. At no other time have third parties been so active. Every piece of this election season has shown my 17-year-old the good and the ugly that will prepare her to make an informed choice in four years.