“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
IN MY HOUSEHOLD -- I have always been vocal about who I supported and continue to support during the election. My kids watched all the debates, followed the news, and gave their own opinion about how they feel. There were doubts, fear and anger. My husband and I listened to them, afterall these are the future voters who will decide who will lead them 5-10 from now.
After midnight on Tuesday (Nov. 8, 2016), there were mixed emotions in the household... My oldest looked bothered and worried; mumbling, "So, what are we going to do now? Are we moving to Canada?" You probably know who she was supporting. The others except my youngest -- he was already sleeping, were equally bothered. I understand why. And frankly, I was too! I am an immigrant. My husband is an immigrant-- not just that, he is a MUSLIM.
You may say, it's fine. Nothing is going to happen. Sure, why don't you walk in OUR SHOES!
My husband and I sat down with them, calmly I said:
"We will stand strong. It does not matter who the President is. We will continue to love and respect who we always have, especially the Officers of the Law, the Soldiers who protect our nation, the ELECTED officials, citizens of all RACES, GENDER/ ORIENTATION and RELIGION! We will continue with our responsibilities, civic and civil duties all the same. Somethings may change outside but we will cope. We live in a Democratic country," (interrupted by my political strategist son -- "a republic too"), "we will live in peace! You will continue to strive and be good students, you will play Football, Soccer, go on debates and play music... nothing in this household will radically change!"
I could see they were still a little unsure. But I will continue to tell them and assure them because the words that comes out of my mouth are the words they will live by when they grow up and follow their own path!