It’s Friday night, two days before Christmas, and the one phrase that has been going through my mind all week is “It is finished”. It’s been a long week full of twists and turns, but it’s almost over. After this one ends, however, another one begins.
Monday, the Electoral College electors met in their appropriate state capitals and cast their votes for the 45th president. Of course, this was basically an exercise in formality as we already knew who would be voted as the next president. My first thought on Monday was “it is finished” because I wouldn’t have to hear any more about this damned campaign. This is my 7th presidential election that I’ve voted although I remember them all the way back to Reagan in 1980. This is the first one where I have not seen people defend their choice proactively. Instead, every defense I’ve seen of electing Trump devolves into some rant about Clinton or Democrats. What does it say about our incoming president when not even his voters can affirmatively defend their choice less than two months after making it? Buyer’s remorse already?
Tuesday, I took the youngest to the doctor because he was sick. The test results showed a positive Type-A flu AND positive for strep. So, for the past few days, I’ve been playing daddy doctor trying to get him back into fighting mode. We have a date with the TV, snacks, and Alabama Crimson Tide football on New Year’s Eve, so there’s no time to get sick now. Today was probably the best day as he only went into whine and shut down mode only once. Well, it doesn’t matter because I’m going back to work tomorrow since mommy is off. He should be back to full strength for her (bless her soul). Nah, he’s really a good “big boy” as he calls himself as he’s not a baby anymore.
Then, there was the video making the rounds of the mother and daughter getting arrested in Fort Worth, TX after they called the police to report her 7-year-old son getting choked by a neighbor. They were charged with resisting arrest, but I’m still scratching my head as to what the initial charge would have been for there to be an arrest to resist. Maybe I’ll ask my family members who patrol the streets to see if they can help me out with this one. I always find it hard to grasp getting arrested for resisting arrest when you haven’t done anything to get arrested for in the first place. Had that been my 7-year-old son, the charge would have probably been aggravated assault or something worse. Anyone who has the testicular fortitude to put their hands around the neck of any of my children had better be ready to deal with me once I arrive on the scene. It’s going to be a long and detailed discussion about the who, what, where, when, and why.
Finally, I came across a… umm… I don’t know what to call it other than an opinion piece written by Chris Kluwe in regards to his feelings about the incoming president. If anyone in America honestly feels like they don’t have any f**ks left to give at this point, it’s probably because Mr. Kluwe used them all. Seriously. After reading his post, I went to Amazon.com and put an order in for a case of f**ks. I received an automated response that they were on back order because of Chris Kluwe. I understand his feelings, but at this point, “it is finished”. We can’t un-elect Trump. We can only ensure that our actions help those who need help while trying to make sure those running the country doesn’t screw things up.
For those who follow the life and teachings of Christ, they should remember the last words he spoke before he gave up the ghost on the cross. In the book of John Chapter 19, the story of the crucifixion is laid out for all to read. His last words were written in Verse 30, “It is finished”, according to the King James Version.
After going through all I did this week, after seeing and hearing all that came before me, I realized that this is just the end of one phase and the beginning of the next. I have my anxieties for the future. I worry about the effects that the potential future changes will have on my friends, colleagues, and even my family. I won’t allow myself to get discouraged by thinking about the future though. I’ll just roll up my sleeves to get ready to tackle next week because that one isn’t finished yet.
Thanks for reading as always. I know there are lots of different blogs to read, but I really appreciate those who take the time to stop by and read my vents and musings.
Have a safe and wonderful:
- Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)
- Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)
- St. Lucia Day (Swedish)
- Hanukkah (Jewish)
- Christmas Day (Christian)
- Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian)
- Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish)
- Kwanzaa (African-American)
- Omisoka (Japanese)
- Yule (Pagan)
- Saturnalia (Pagan)
Just want to make sure I don’t forget anyone or leave anyone out. If you don’t celebrate holidays, then just be safe anyway. There is far too much crazy going on in this world to not be cautious.