ELECTION 2016 — THE DAY AFTER.
OMG! WHAT DO WE TELL OUR CHILDREN?
BY ANTOINETTE RAINONE
Donald J. Trump won the race for the White House. Hillary Clinton lost.
OMG! WHAT DO WE TELL OUR CHILDREN?
From political pundits shouting on my smart phone to moms whispering to each other on the playground, that's the question I kept hearing over and over again the day after the results came in: Donald J. Trump is President-elect of The United States of America.
The postings and laments on Facebook were endless — and, three days later, still are.
"How do we tell our kids the bully won?" And beyond that, mothers with daughters were especially distraught because they wanted to show their daughters they, too, could become President of the United States one day.
One mom posted a photo of her pre-teen daughter with a grim and forlorn expression, dressed in a T-shirt: "TODAY IS CANCELLED."
Really? What ARE we teaching our children when we use them as props to express personal displeasure with America's democratic process?
News flash: Your daughter STILL can become President of the United States one day. But be forewarned: ATTITUDE goes a long way.
Here's what I told my son when he woke up on Wednesday:
Have you ever been laughed at by your classmates? I know I have. It didn't feel good, did it?
Donald Trump was laughed at, too. And not just from other kids in the classroom. He was laughed at by the whole world, if you can imagine that.
Donald was the boy laughed at by people on TV and the Internet. They made fun of him in front of millions — even billions — of people.
"So you think YOU can become President of the United States? NO WAY! You have no experience in politics! Who do you think you are?"
Donald was the boy competing against 16 other people who wanted to become the Republican Nominee for President. They were people with lots of government experience.
"You can't do it, Donald! Why don't you just drop out now!"
Donald didn't drop out. He had a message for the American people, and he believed in his message, from the bottom of his heart.
Donald put on a red cap with these words: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
The people laughed even more. "What a silly cap you're wearing, Donald! Take it off!"
Donald didn't take off his cap. Instead, he had lots of caps made so he could give it to the people who listened to his message. He began to have rallies in all different parts of the country.
Suddenly, tens of thousands of people came to his rallies, wearing the same red cap, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
Donald knew he was good at creating jobs for people. He spoke to those people: "I will bring jobs back to America. You will have a job again!"
The out-of-work coal miners in Pennsylvania listened. The out-of-work auto manufacturer workers in Michigan and West Virginia listened, too.
The people on TV still shouted, "You can't do it, Donald!"
Donald often shouted back and said mean things to them. But his friends reminded him, "Don't worry about them, Donald. Just keep spreading your message to help Americans."
The people on TV couldn't believe it, but Donald beat all 16 people in the primaries to become the Republican Nominee. Then they shouted, "You'll never beat Hillary Clinton!"
True, Hillary Clinton is a powerful woman with lots of friends and supporters around the world. But do you think Donald got scared? Do you think he gave up?
Donald is the boy who never stopped believing he could beat the most powerful people in America to become the next President of the United States.
His win on November 8, 2016, is going down in history as the Greatest Upset in a Presidential Election.
The lesson for all of us here? Never, ever stop believing in yourself — even if the entire world is against you.
And now, Son, the girls in your class are going to be sad that they did not wake up to the first woman president....
Let's hope the girls understand something very important — and maybe you can share this with them:
"Hillary did not become the first woman president of the United States — and that leaves the door wide open for ... YOU."
Today is NOT cancelled...and neither are your dreams. Never, ever cancel your dreams.
Find Your Wings… at any age.