I was born in Canada to American parents who taught me to respect and love my heritage while also loving and respecting the place of my birth. I can sing two national anthems and can pledge allegiance to two flags. I hold two passports and two birth certificates.
I married a Canadian and we moved to the States together where our oldest child, Aimee, was born. When she was 11 months old we moved our American daughter to Canada where she now holds citizenship to both countries, just like I do.
She has followed this election as closely as a 13 year old can. We had to force her to go to bed tonight when she really wanted to keep watching the results unfold.
It is now 4:02 AM and I have been watching CNN for hours and keep hearing these questions: “What are you going to say to your kids tomorrow? We teach them bullying is wrong and how do we explain this outcome to our children?” (in reference to the many divisive things Trump has said over the years)
What am I going to say to Aimee? I’m going to say the same thing I’ve said a hundred times before. People aren’t going to act how we want them to all of the time. Trump hasn’t. Clinton hasn’t. The person who wouldn’t let me over on the 401 today definitely didn’t do what I preferred. I cannot control anyone else but myself. I cannot be responsible for the actions of others; I can only be held responsible for what I do and how I react. Regardless of the outcome of any election; regardless of how other drivers treat me on the road; regardless of how kids treat my kids at school–I am still responsible for how I respond. So for today, I choose to be gracious; to be kind; to speak love; and to be grateful we live in a part of the world where we have the freedom to vote.
I hope you will choose the same.