|Amy Degenkolb, our inspiration for today and the new year|
I know it must be hard to be in a foreign land while watching America get ready to be handed over to Trump and his terrifying cabinet. It is hard being here and feeling like there is nothing I can do about it...to have family and coworkers and acquaintances that voted for Trump...that voted against me. It's crushing to know those people voted for someone who is openly a bigot and who picked a VP that believes all gays should be behind bars. The energy on this side of the pond has been demure.
I decided the day after the election that I had 2 choices...I could wear all black and be really depressed and let my voice be silenced, or I could wear the brightest clothes that I own, put my rainbow earrings back in, wear my safety pin, and try to help people smile every day.
I baked brownies for all of my neighbors (even the ones that voted for Trump). I hung extra holiday lights. I made my holiday card be about peace and love. And I am currently making a pair of hot pink sequin suspenders to wear anytime the world could use more glitter.
Rock on, Amy. Spreading love never looked more sparkly. :-)
Happy new year, everyone! May your 2017 be full of love and sparkles.
P.S. I should mention that life in Darmstadt is also much better now. It just takes time to make friends and settle in to a new home. Thanks, everyone, who connected us with friends and family in the area. It's amazing how many people had friends and family nearby/how interconnected our world is. Thanks for enlarging your friend and family circles to include us. :-)