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Things I did NOT write…

…but that I’ve found very helpful/heartening in the last day or so.

These words:

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This poem (by the late great Leonard Cohen):

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The idea of Thank You notes:

My almost-five year old overheard me mention to a friend that I’d be writing a thank you note to Hillary Clinton for all of her years of service. Next thing I notice: my daughter, home sick with a chest cold, has written:

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Here’s a link for where to send thank you notes to the most qualified candidate ever to run for president:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/194348-how-to-send-hillary-clinton-a-thank-you-card-for-everything-shes-done

These links for articles/essays made me feel understood/safe/a sense of community:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dear-daughter-while-your-were-sleeping-and-dreaming_us_5822c4e5e4b0334571e0a32e

http://www.ahaparenting.com/blog/how-to-explain-Trump-election-children?utm_source=Aha%21+Parenting+List&utm_campaign=3a85daea55-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_45e38f2e1a-3a85daea55-209604817

http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/11/my-daughter-grew-up-believing-she-could-do-anything.html?mid=fb-share-thecut

http://guestofaguest.com/los-angeles/celebrities/exclusive-read-aaron-sorkins-moving-email-to-his-daughter-after-trumps-win

http://johnpavlovitz.com/2016/11/09/heres-why-we-grieve-today/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=John+Pavlovitz&utm_content=Here%27s+Why+We+Grieve+Today

https://medium.com/@jessicashortall/voted-for-trump-i-have-only-one-plea-7d5994c7a3d1#.xe57dq61j

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/opinion/election-night-2016/her-loss?smid=fb-share

and THIS personal anecdote:

Today, my youngest, while climbing the rock wall for the first time, screamed with pride: “I’m not giving up!!” as she climbed higher and higher.

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And so we don’t give up. Life is change. This one feels especially hard, unnecessary, and terrifying, but we will survive. (I hope we’ll survive. I think we will. 70% sure right now.)

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