Being a parent is so hard. Mid Term Elections became a manifestation of some of that struggle.

I felt like recent outcomes were such a predictor for the world that my children are coming into. It really felt like life and death. Every day I have fear for my children, especially with anti-Semitic and Racist incidents like the ones in Pittsburgh and Kentucky. My son attends Shabbat services on his college campus, and each week we celebrate Shabbat in our home with my daughter and others. I have felt scared for my children recently, in a palpable way. But there were many victories yesterday. Women were elected to offices all over that had previously only been held by men, progressives, young people, people of color, and previously marginalized people were elected all over. So I will take the wins, and overcome my fears. Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist and youngest ever Nobel Prize Winner said about the Taliban that shot and tried to silence her “The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born . . .” I will take my fear and turn it into action, anything less would be failure and I refuse to fail my children. I will not let hate take root, I will turn it into love, because that is the only legacy I can truly leave them.

Published by arabeljelliott

I am a Child and Family Counselor, a Social Work Field Instructor, a volunteer at a local 501 c 3 , an elected official in my home town, and I wear many other hats. My first love and greatest passions are my husband and 2 amazing children. #LoveRules

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