Scrapping to get my kid what she needs? Easy. Bring it on.
Fighting with diplomacy and restraint to bring the message to a MUCH wider audience? Utterly exhausting.
Digging deep to find grace when all you want to do is lash out and btch-slap some common sense into someone? Draining as all get out.
This political stuff ain’t easy, my friends. No matter how natural my incredible friends (you know who you are, J, S!) may make it look.
It’s taken its toll. My body has staged a protest and forced me to slow down. No more three am e-mails, tough girl, it’s yelled. And that means no more midnight strategy sessions either, damn it.
I spent the last forty-eight hours in bed with something akin to the plague. I’ve been tired, frustrated, tense and bored.
But in the middle of it all, there’s been one thing that’s made me smile. A video, a mere five seconds long, that I took last weekend. Yup, five seconds. And I’ve watched it again and again, and yet again still. It has yet to let me down.
It reminds me why I’m fighting and who I’m fighting for (Yes, Mom, I know that sentence should read ‘For whom I’m fighting’, but let’s be honest, that sounds funny). It reminds me why diplomacy is so important, why grace is so necessary and why I cannot burn a single bridge that my girl may someday need to cross. Above all, it reminds me why throwing in the towel is simply not an option.
I call it, “When Cuteness Attacks.” A five second reminder that, as my friend, S says, if the answer is no, I simply have to ask again.
Mama’s got your back, baby girl.
And you can bet your life that I’m gonna keep on trying.
Ed Note: My letter to the President continues to gain steam. If you haven’t already, please – > click here <- to leave a comment. In case we can’t get the attention of the most powerful man in the free world, I thought perhaps we’d knock on the door of the most powerful woman. If you’d like to help me attempt to enlist Oprah’s support, -> click here <-. Please be sure to include a link to the letter!
I pray that we see a blue White House next week, but I truly believe that no matter what happens, we have begun to plant the seeds of awareness that will ultimately lead to change. Thank you all for your incredible support.