Why I do what I do…
I was the person who donated clothes to Goodwill, donated money at Christmas to the red kettles, gave food to the local food bank a few times a year and I thought I was doing good. Don’t get me wrong, donating when you are able too is wonderful. There are people who depend on what we donate especially now, with Paul Ryan and Donald Trump talking about cutting “entitlements” such as food stamps, social security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Social Security is not an entitlement, we have all paid into it and Trump needs to keep his grubby hands off of our monies.
My husband and I live a pretty comfortable life, I write from home, go to the gym five times a week and I am grateful for everything we have. But we know what it is like to struggle to get by. I was really sick and spent almost six weeks in a coma and the doctors were not sure if I would survive. When I came out of the coma, I had to learn to do a lot of things all over again.
My husband and I depended on our families to help us get by. If it were not for my parent and his parents, I don’t know what would have happened to us. We lived with dear hubby’s parents after I got sick and dear hubby quit his job to take care of me. He had to tube feed me every three hours, hold me when I would throw up, crush ice in the middle of the night so I would have something to settle my stomach and he really stepped up to the plate and did a lot of things most men would have walked away from.
We moved up north to be near my family and there were times my parents paid our rent because we didn’t have the money. My mom was my strength and I think I learned how to be strong from her. I love my mother and I am grateful that she is my mother. I plan on being there for my parents and dear hubby’s parents when and if they need me. (HI MOM) She reads my blog every day. She is my biggest cheerleader!
Then, Donald Trump was elected president and to be totally transparent, I was horrified. I was in Florida staying with dear hubby’s uncle and grandmother. I stayed up until MSNBC called Trump the official winner. I was angry, then sad, then angry again and I have stayed angry. I get more and more angry as the days pass. Donald Trump is using our government to make money and he doesn’t mind screwing with our democracy in the process.
And then we were hit with Hurricane Harvey last year. This was not our first hurricane, dear hubby and I lived in South Florida and dealt with hurricanes before. But, Harvey was something completely different. I know you have heard this saying “it takes a village to raise a child” before, but after Harvey, I have a new saying, “it takes a community to survive after a hurricane.”
When Harvey came to Texas the news and weather channel kept saying it would make landfall in Corpus Christi and where we live, we were not too worried. Then Harvey skipped along the Texas coastline and we were going to get hit, but we were not prepared for what we got. We had preparations for the storm, which is something we do each hurricane season, but then Harvey flooded everything around us. We were fortunate that we didn’t take any water damage, but just down the road from me, you could ride a jet ski down the road.
The night Harvey hit, we lost power pretty quickly and stayed out for nine more days. Luckily I could talk to my mom and she would give me updates where the storm was located and if there was any news. After a few days without power, we lost everything in the fridge and freezer. Almost everyone in my neighborhood moved into hotels and it was like a ghost town. Dear hubby still had to work, so I spend nights without power alone in my ghost town neighborhood.
We used the car to charge phones and for air conditioning when it got too hot. I kept waiting to hear where the red cross was located so we could get food and water, but in the time after the storm the red cross never showed up. I live in a fairly large city but there was no help coming. Where was Donald Trump and why was there no help here? We saw pictures of him in Houston pretending to load people’s cars with supplies, but why was there no help here.
When trucks were able to make it into our town, it was the churches who gave water. Water was being donated from all over the country. A food truck from out of state parked themselves at a church down the road from my house and we were able to get a hot lunch every day from them free of charge. The church opened a free store with donations that came from up north and we were able to get wet wipes, Kleenex, nonperishable food, and water. We could go every day and get stuff from the store that we needed. I have never been so thankful for wet wipes in my life.
After not having power, the water went next. That meant no showers and toilets. Where was our government when we needed water and food? Nowhere to be found!! I have talked to people who are still living in hotels after they have lost everything. Why are they in hotels? Because our government has not helped them. FEMA is long gone and people are still trying to pull their lives together.
And this is why I do what I do…
I will march in the streets to protect other women. We have a president who has had over twenty women come forward to say he has sexually abused them in some way. Now we have a porn star saying she was paid to not tell how the president cheated on his wife with her and his lawyer paid her off. She is now suing the president.
I will march in the streets to protect the children of this country. They should not be subjected to “active shooter” drills. They shouldn’t know what it’s like to have someone come on their school campuses and open fire. They are kids and they should be kids. They shouldn’t have PTSD from going to school. Kids should not have to take on the NRA. The NRA was supposed to be the people who taught responsible gun ownership and not our buy politicians to get as many guns on the street without sensible gun control. The NRA shouldn’t have a television channel that is dedicated to pushing the false narrative, that Democrats/Liberals want to take all your guns away. We don’t want all your guns, we just want sensible gun laws, so kids stop dying trying to get an education.
You can call me whatever names you want, but I stand up for what I believe in and that will never change. No, I am not retarded, no I am not cancer on the United States and I am not stupid. I believe that kids should be able to get an education without witnessing their friends and teachers die.
I will continue to speak my mind, write this blog and be an advocate for those who need a strong person. I will gladly give my time to help others. I think that is what God would want me to do. I am a child of God and he didn’t put me on this earth to judge others. The Lord wants us to love others as we love ourselves and I will do just that.
I will become part of the community of the world and do my part to help those who need me. I believe this world is a community and we should be helping each other instead of building walls and starting trade wars with our allies. I just pray that our allies will still want to be a community with us once this man is out of office.
We need to take care of each other instead of hating each other. Donald Trump is trying to divide us from our allies and from one another.
Have an amazing day! Take these words to heart, you are amazing, and I am glad you are part of my community.
Peace, Love & Kitty Snuggles,
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A great blog today.
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I think a lot of us feel the way you said you did at the beginning. We donate. We do what we can. We do our best to help the less fortunate. Maybe some of us eat organic, reduce/reuse/recycle, or even eat only locally-grown vegetarian food.
But like you said, there’s always more to do. Thank you for the reminder that I need to step up.
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I loved this post. You’re right that when disaster strikes we need to come together as a community and take care of each other. We can’t rely on the government to save us, even at the best of times. I don’t believe they were trying to abandon us. FEMA representatives are still calling me to see where we’re at in the rebuilding process and offer assistance. But the scale of the disaster was so great that they couldn’t possibly handle it all, so I’m grateful for the churches and good people who did so much to help their neighbors.
(Also, I do remember you tweeting at Donald Trump’s to stay away while the storm was going on. Not that that’s the reason he stayed away, but maybe we should recognize that he was not the hero we needed. :P)
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