What a weekend! Friday was the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America – and I’m thinking we may need to rename our country. We seem to be more divided these days than united. Between the inauguration and the women’s march the day after, there were so many insults and hateful comments thrown at others – from both sides – that I didn’t even recognize the country I grew up in. When I was younger, people could disagree without being disagreeable. If someone had an opposing opinion, even if we were sure they were misguided or totally wrong, we respected their right to that opinion. These days? Not so much. Many of my friends are hesitant to even voice their opinions for fear of being called all sorts of nasty names – none of which are true.
In the middle of all of this, I found out that a dear, dear friend of mine had suffered a massive hemorrhage caused by a brain aneurism. Christine is so full of life – and she’s an amazing lady. She’s a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from New Hampshire, and we’ve been cyber friends for years. I had the privilege of meeting Christine at several Stampin’ Up! Conventions, and she’s no different in person than in cyberspace – passionate about what she believes, creative, kind, smart, and totally in love with her family.
Right now, Christine remains in critical condition, and only God knows her future. And that brings me to my card for today. I created a card for her family using this stamp from Beautiful You. This isn’t the card I sent; it just seemed too “commercial” to use the card I made for her family on my blog. But it’s the same stamp. Christine’s blog is “DancinStamps,” and this dancing lady reminds me of her.
Christine’s brain injury has reminded me – again – never to take friends and family for granted. You never know when you say goodbye to someone if you’ll see them again. Life is so short and uncertain, and the events with Christine have made me see how really silly some of the current arguments in our country are. I mean, really, we should be standing together against all enemies – foreign and domestic, not being enemies with each other. Our country cannot be strong if we’re divided.
I remember the morning of September 11, 2001 like it was yesterday. Mike and I were having breakfast and watching the news in our kitchen when we saw the first tower get hit. And then a few minutes later, we watched the second, and we knew it was a planned attack – even though no one was calling it that yet. For the next few weeks, our country was unified. Senators from both sides stood on the Capitol steps and sang God Bless America. Yes, it was corny, but for a few weeks, we were a unified nation. God forbid we have to suffer another horrific attack to put aside our differences and be one united nation again.
Like many people much wiser than I have said, I have faith in the American people. Once things calm down, I trust that we’ll all be able to talk rationally, to debate our concerns, and to once more become united. I’m hoping that the ones out there fueling the fires of discontent and animosity will be quiet, and that cooler heads will prevail. Because we all want the same thing – for our children and grandchildren to be able to live in a country where the possibilities for success are endless, all men and women – regardless of race, gender, economic status, or age – are equal, and we are all free to pursue happiness.
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