I have tried to focus on my daughter, tennis, awareness of individuals with Trisomy 21, even a bit of my personal history in this blog. Readers of it have been generous with their feedback. I feel like I have gained friends throughout the world!
I’ve tried to stay away from the elephant in the room, or in this case, the elephant and the donkey: the presidential election in the next few weeks.
Every time I let my faith take over and start to relax about the election outcome, I’m reminded that I should not be breathing easily — or maybe it would be for the better if I started to inhale and exhale rhythmically.
This morning, my husband and I had about an hour to ourselves after Ellen was dropped off at school. At 7 a.m., an immediate headline jumped out at me from the TV screen. For this late day in October, it was quite a surprise, perhaps even a game changer in the election.
I know I must at this point be pretty used to living in Hawaii and thinking of it as the center of the world because my first thought was, “Boy, this is a pretty early hour for major news.” Half a second later, I remembered the time difference between Hawaii and the Mainland.
I promised my husband I would block out the October surprise so we could focus on our time together before we left for work. Several hours later, I’ve processed the news headlines. Just a few minutes ago, I spoke with a friend on the Mainland who has helped me stay calm until the actual election.
For readers who have followed this blog, you probably know that most of my life has been devoted to education — for myself and for others. Some causes I’ve championed for decades: gay rights, gay marriage, standing up to bullying and abuse, and, since I became a father, helping people recognize the many gifts women and men born with an extra chromosome bring to our world.
I hope the election gives us the candidate more likely to respect those causes the right to move into the White House.