We participated in the Women’s March on Jacksonville yesterday. The march was moving, and diverse; I was grateful to participate with my partner, daughter, and friends. The organizers were expecting a few hundred people and 3,000 showed up! The minute we got out of the car Foos started her chants, even though we were waiting for friends and nowhere near the march route. Her little chants of “women’s rights are super cool!” and “RBG! RBG!” while holding up her “Destroy the Patriarchy” sign had a lot of cars slowing down and many strangers smiling. This was what I needed after the disappointment of the election, the feeling of having a common goal and the support of so many people. All the photos were taken by Seth.
(except for this one! this photo of Foos was taken on my iPhone, ha!)
(this image was made by my super talented and colorful friend, Amelia, it belongs to her.)
I don’t need to clarify it here, but I am horrified by the election results. I was always with her. Those results were followed by many sleepless nights and tears (no one was more crestfallen than foos), but also with a lot of productive and supportive conversations and visits with friends. In a weird way, my life and personal routines have not been the same since. I’ve been mentally preparing myself to intervene should I happen to observe any racist/islamophobic/sexist shenanigans (I haven’t yet). I have also been avoiding podcasts, newspapers, and blogs I previously enjoyed. Just hearing his voice and seeing snippets of headlines is enough to make my stomach drop. I know this is irrational; I also know I will get past this, because pretending things aren’t what they are is never going to bring about change.