My last post was written with no guess whatsoever how the election would go down and as it stands now I got the result I was hoping for but pretty much via the worst possible circumstances. I wish it had been a landslide or at least devoid of the fly-ridden pile of bullshit that had been predicted but still came as a deeply unwelcome surprise, but at least we have an outcome, and as each day goes by I am allowing myself to feel more relief and hope and belief that the outcome will stick.

Plus, we will always have Four Seasons Total Landscaping. (Who, naturally, is now selling merch.)

If I were the inspiring sort here’s where I would turn my attention to some uplifting-yet-stern commentary about how the fight isn’t over and we must all work harder than ever to hnnnggggggggghhghgh I can’t even type that without fighting the urge to pass out nose-first into the keyboard.

I don’t know about you but I am wiped. I love watching all the clips of people celebrating in the streets, honking and shouting and gleeful, but I feel like that poor blobfish that’s been rocketed to the surface and is just a droopy mess of WTF. Like … I’m gonna need a minute.

It’s been a hard four years and this moment is a mixed one, our divided house is not exactly sharing sentiments about the election or even a shared reality about how it happened. That’s been the worst part of all this, really — the way reality has splintered, making it impossible to make inroads because without a mutual agreement on what is true, how can any real progress be made?

Well. I wish many things were not the way they were, but *weary Michelle Obama voice* it is what it is. Maybe now, finally, we can all begin to start picking up the pieces, and find our ways back to some common ground.


8 Responses to “Starting to exhale”

  1. PETE J HAIDINYAK on November 9th, 2020 11:44 am

    First we must win the two Senate seats in Georgia. Also, even if it was a massive blowout Trump would still act the same. He needs the cashflow from his herd to survive. I won’t be happy until there is a RICO action against him and his spawn and they are broke and in prison.

  2. Ariella on November 9th, 2020 11:50 am

    I am curious (and of course this is not my business, so you’re obviously NOT obligated to answer) about how you guys deal with the political issues and your kids. Do you both discuss politics with the boy? Neither? A friend of mine has two daughters and one is staunchly democrat while the other is republican in what seems to be a mostly reactionary way (many of her friends are liberals and she was tired of hearing about it, which is about as dumb as fuck but whatever). I was talking to him about the election and he said he doesn’t really discuss the political stuff with the kids. When I was a kid, we discussed it often (and now, of course, we are diametrically opposed). Anyway… just curious how you guys do it, especially since you’re divided in your political philosophies.

    Agree, by the way, that this entire month of November has thus far been nothing but exhausting.

  3. PETE J HAIDINYAK on November 9th, 2020 11:55 am

    Also, thanks for the info on Four Seasons Merch, I just bought a T shirt.

  4. Jill M Hughes on November 9th, 2020 1:19 pm

    Ariella- We have 2 teenagers and we try to discuss the issues and let them come to their own conclusions. We encourage them to choose their own path, but also to be able to defend their choices with FACTS if confronted. We encourage them to look at the issues and figure out which candidate represents them the best. (This goes for local elections up to national ones)

    As for your friends daughter whose choices seem reactionary, I can kind of relate. My daughter is a sophomore in college and she is so incredibly tired of the students voting for the Democrats being obnoxious and awful to other kids with a different opinion.They have been quite over the top….to the point one student was cyberbullied so badly by them, I think he deleted all of his social media accounts and may have had to take it even further. It’s so very sad to see educated young adults acting like this. So, yeah, maybe it is reactionary for your daughter’s friend, but maybe there is an underlying reason. I just kept reminding my daughter that she never has to share who she voted for with anyone and to vote on the issues she believes in. But in the end, it is her choice and her choice alone.

  5. sooboo on November 9th, 2020 1:35 pm

    I keep telling myself that once Biden takes office a lot of this will calm down because there won’t be non stop scandals and daily chaos like the past four years. People will be paying less attention because it won’t be as entertaining.

    The day the election was announced we went to see my mother-in-law for a social distance birthday visit. She voted for Trump and was very angry at the world and us by association as we voted for Biden. She also refused to wear a mask because the virus isn’t worse than the flu and she also doesn’t have it because she only sees about six of her closest friends.

    By summer hopefully covid and politics will be a distant, bad memory.

  6. Donna on November 9th, 2020 6:53 pm

    I’m just glad it’s over. Please let it be over! I’m so tired of all the hate.

  7. Frannie on November 14th, 2020 3:24 pm

    The Lawn and Order merch is giving me hope. So is a Stefon from SNL Mad Lib about The For Seasons..”It’s got everything! Rudy Giuliani, a pedestal and a dildo store ..yes, yes, yes..” Cry laughing here.

  8. SP on November 17th, 2020 4:41 pm

    When you consider the astounding amount of voter suppression that occurred, it *was* a landslide.

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