Despite the excitement of yesterday's historic news, the jubilation did not last long. This morning I was reminded, yet again, that our country has a long way to go.
I had to walk to three different stores before I could find a newspaper that didn't have a picture of Bill Clinton on the front page. Excuse me, who did we just nominate to be president?
Shout out to The Mercury News for coming through today and after the California primary.
Then, a well-known feminist columnist I follow announced she's leaving social media because someone threatened to rape and murder her five year-old daughter.
More misogyny. More hate.
I was walking home this afternoon trying to talk myself out of the funk I was in when I noticed the woman backing out of her driveway just ahead of me slam on her breaks.
"I LOVE YOUR T-SHIRT!" she shouted with a huge grin on her face. I laughed, thanked her, and then she asked if she could take my picture. I stood there a bit awkwardly while she leaned out of her car window with her cellphone but her enthusiasm made me smile too. We were both laughing as she thanked me and drove away shouting "rock on!" out the window.
I cried the rest of my walk home. I really needed that.
And then, tonight. I unmolded some jello (stay tuned for pics) and watched President Obama give an incredibly moving speech at the DNC. He implored us to "pick Hillary up and carry her the way you carried me eight and four years ago." He told us that it's not about what "I can do for you" but what "we can do together." Then Hillary joined him on stage, gave him a big hug, and I started bawling like a baby.
There's a lot of fucked up shit (pardon my French) that goes on in this world, but there are millions of Americans who want to do their part to make it better. Not just heckle and post diatribes on social media, but get out and roll up their sleeves and do good. Together.
Yes we can.