Here are some of the thoughts that broke their way through my deepest despair:
- I never really got into soap bubbles as a kid. There was something anticlimactic about the silent way they popped. But what if 59 million bubbles all popped at once? That would surely make a sound, right? Well, now we know. It sounds like . . .
- Yesterday, I was absolutely 100% certain that today wouldn’t happen. It was so strange to find out how delusional I was. And I had a lot of company! The way I see it, we D’s and R’s now officially have our first post-election thing in common. We are all delusional.
- I was, as German speakers say, “unansprechbar” today. The literal translation would be “not speakable to”. I noted the names of people who tried to reach me and added them to my call list for tomorrow. Or maybe the day after, or three days from now. Or not.
- There was only one person I wanted to talk to today. My fellow expatriate friend 2T. I had been telling her for months that today was impossible. There was no math, I said. She wasn’t so sure, but liked hearing what I had to say. I texted her and she called back. There wasn’t a hint of “I told you so” in her words. We lamented together. She helped me.
Here’s a message to all the R’s from 2T (and me):
You control everything now. Executive, legislative, and (soon) judicial branches. You control a huge number of State’ legislatures and governorships. From this day on, whatever happens is either to your credit or it is your fault. You own it. Blaming other people is not an option for you any longer.
Good luck (without any irony)!
Circumstance and 2T