There are so many opinions about this whole election and honestly I am the farthest from a political guru that you can get. One thing I do know is that when it comes to my children, the person in the White House does not get to decide who they are as human beings. My Facebook wall has been flooded with so many people saying things that are on their minds, with many of them being saddened and hurt by the realization of who is now our leader. My children are still too young to even know what is going on unless Paw Patrol is playing and Ryder is saving the day. But they will both be in grade school while Trump is still in office and will have to face certain situations where they will be tested. I will teach them how to speak up, how to love one another, how to understand each other, how to solve conflicts, how to live with diverse and sometimes conflicting ideas, and give them the skills to enter a world that doesn’t seem to know how to do this. I will teach them that silence is dangerous and will teach them how to speak up when something is wrong. I will teach them to love all people, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or what country they were born in.

I also keep reading people saying that they don’t feel safe now that Trump is President. You want to talk about safe? There are so many murders happening in Anchorage, more than I can remember in my entire childhood so safety is not a new thing. I can’t even leave my door unlocked in fear of someone coming to my house with a gun. I remember being a kid and being so excited when the doorbell rang unannounced. It meant that it was family or a friend coming over just to say hi or wanting to play. Now if my doorbell rings it’s like a scene in a horror movie. Close the blinds, duck under the couch. “Who’s at our door? Were you expecting someone? No? Tell the kids to be quite.” Then after a couple knocks they leave and it was just some little girls selling cookies. Now I didn’t get to buy any because I thought a serial killer was at my door. I kind of got off point but the whole doorbell thing blows my mind because that’s just the way it is now.

Bottom line for me is that no matter who is in office and no matter who you voted for. How we survive as a society and nation and how we do as individuals and as families has nothing to do with who sits in the White House, but has everything to do with how we raise our children and treat the people around us. I am not black, an immigrant, gay or disabled but I am an American and I back all of those listed to the fullest and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

I will not get in a political exchange with anyone on this matter because honestly, it is pointless. This is my opinion on what I have seen on my newsfeed as a whole and what it means to my children and my family. If you disagree with me that is fine, we are all different and that is part of what makes our country great. I also added my thoughts on safety because it is real. Nothing in my children’s world is going to change today. We are all on the same team here, ‘Murica.