I feel like I've been holding my breath for days, waiting... Although I rationally knew that getting an election result yesterday was unlikely and unrealistic, I still stayed up late into the night, watching the returns, hopeful. When I finally turned the light out, I was feeling so discouraged and it felt as if I was reliving the 2016 election all over again. Today things are looking slightly different - there is a clear, if narrow, path to the presidency for Joe Biden. Of course, there is also a path to re-election for the other one and nothing is decided yet. But I can hold out some hope, and I am doing just that. And waiting. Like this little goldfinch - cautious and waiting.
I should say that I know that those who support the other one are also feeling many of the same things I am feeling. However this election turns out, nearly half of the people in this country are going to feel deeply disappointed, many will be angry, some will feel hopeless. I wish it was within my power to heal this great divide our nation is experiencing. But what I know is that one side will "win" and the other will not. And we must go forward from that point. And I hope that we can do it with grace, dignity, and compassion.