When we became pregnant with Ellie, Andrew and I spent a lot of time daydreaming about what she would be like, who her friends would be, and what she would do with her life. We still do.
Way back in 2014, we were mostly concerned with being able to afford daycare, GMOs, overpopulation, and global warming. And we were hopeful universal healthcare and free college were somewhere on the horizon.
In 2016, I became more politically involved than ever before. So did Andrew. We were tuned in to the news and to the campaign 24/7. I was cautiously excited for what could be.
I'll never forget election night. I was working an overnight shift and checking updates on my phone continuously. By the time I got home, the results had been called. I remember walking into the house, sitting down on the couch, and crying. Andrew held me and told me he would stand up for Ellie and I. It's jarring to know that in 2016 I was actually afraid for and of my country.
Since then, Andrew, Ellie and I participated in a women's march in Montpelier, VT. I've donated to Planned Parenthood. We've stayed current on local news and elections and will vote in the midterms.
I'm thankful that Ellie is only 2 years old and I don't have to try to explain the recent events in Charlottesville to her. I'd be lying if I said I don't wonder from time to time if we should've waited to have a child. This world we've brought her into is a scary place. It's not what I imagined for her. But we will teach her kindness, not hate. Love, not fear. And she and her generation will change the world.
Be good. Do good.