Hi there, come on in. No, it’s okay, there aren’t too many of us yet so you’re good. Thanks! That looks fabulous! I’ll take it to the kitchen while you find a place to settle in … yeah, I know, my thoughts exactly. But there’s plenty of time for that. Oh! You snuck in on me! I’m so glad you’re here, I was really hoping you’d stop by tonight but I wasn’t sure. You brought who? Wonderful! It’s been so long … give me a hug. Okay! You all know where to plant yourselves so head on in while I get everything together. It’s food, drink and conversation tonight, folks … but if anyone touches the TV it’s gonna get ugly, just as a warning. Hmm? Take a guess. We have to acknowledge him, talk about him, plan against him - but we will not watch his show tonight. Save me a sturdy pillow cause I tend to punch hard. What? Very funny.
My mood isn’t the best, but I imagine none of you have been exactly chipper lately. You think so? Let me sigh deeply a few times and think about that … I don’t know. Laughing at me doesn’t help my frame of mind, people. I mean I get what you’re saying; that we need to fight back consistently with our heads down and our fists up – did you hear what I said about my sturdy pillow? But we fought the Republicans for what we considered to be forsaking the good of the country – are we saying that if our party does it it’s different? I suppose … but … infrastructure maybe? No?
It’s not going to happen. Trump is not going to be the “non-partisan-ish” malleable idiot that we thought might be our best chance. I get it now, so stop yelling at me. I got it a long time ago but I guess I was still hanging on to a thread attached to the audacity of hope. Weird how meanings can be twisted, huh? Today we have to be fired up and ready to go to fight against an endless barrage of everything ominously familiar as foreign. What was presented and almost giddily unwrapped as a new beginning – hope and change! – is now an American citizen’s call to action against our administration.
Maybe it was always supposed to be like this. Maybe we’ve just been lazy for far too long … maybe it’s time to remember - to prove - that we’re worth the suffering, hardship and hope of those before us who truly believed. Maybe it’s time to redefine audacity.
Here’s to us!