He needed his brother's (my husband's) help. He didn't understand much beyond the President and the vote for Senator. He's only lived here a little more than a year, and knew nothing about local candidates. So he only voted for what he understood, and that's good.
But, in a way, his troubles may have only started.
I wonder what Bil thinks of all the post-election stuff happening - the fear, the protests. He doesn't engage in any social media. He doesn't own a computer, a smart phone, or a tablet, and I decided years ago not to encourage it. He is too naive - he is black and white in a grey, grey world.
Does he realize there are people out there who hate him, that consider him less than human, because of his disability?
Does he realize some of those haters want people like him gone from our society? That isn't restricted to the United States, either.
Our President-Elect has not discouraged these haters, and there are, in fact, anecdotal reports of hate graffiti and worse since the election ended.
This is going to be a long four years for Bil, although he does not know it yet.
Which leads me to #FridayReflections. One of the prompts is "What 10 things do you hope to be remembered by? The first one would be "That I helped to make a better life for my disabled brother in law." because if we don't, who will, especially with all the incidents of hate taking place in our country?
Here are the others.
That I tried to make this Earth, in my own little way, a better place than it was on my day of birth;
That I raised a child who grew up to be honorable and hardworking;
That I remained true to my beliefs and did not give into hate (it's so easy to);
That I gave faithfulness and joy to the man I chose to spend my life with;
That I helped others with my skills;
That I did not misuse the talents I was granted from above;
That I honored the memory of those who came before me;
That I will be remembered for the good things I did and not the bad; andThat I recorded the beauty of this world and of the times I lived in.
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman.
I hope Neil Gaiman is right, because I fear we are going to be seeing a lot of dragons in the coming months and years.
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