The election campaign has been anything but R rated. Over the past several months, we have been very careful about what the kids listened to when it came to the election campaign. Last night, we let our guard down and succumbed to the election fever. We watched the election coverage as a family till bedtime. The result? As we transitioned to our bedtime routine, Ram who was fiddling with his legos, casually asked, “Amma what does assault mean?” Hari, who was right next to me, took it upon himself to explain it to him and he did a pretty good job of articulating it. Then Hari inched towards me and whispered in my ears, “Amma what does rapist mean?”
After Hari woke up, he was not happy about the election results. He asked me, “Amma, how can you be so calm about it and not get upset?” I explained that I was very upset but I am choosing to pour my energy into my routine and take comfort in mundane stuff. Sadly, we can’t do anything about the outcome anymore.
He seemed to be his usual self after school. He talked about how they discussed the election results in ancient civilization and math. They were told that they are young, they have the power to change things that they do not like as they get older. They were asked to reflect on things they felt strongly about. Hari felt strongly about veterans benefits, having a smoke/cigarette free and drug free society and getting rid of deadly diseases. Then he and I sat to watch the beautiful concession speech by Hillary. Many many life lessons imparted in that 12 minutes video, delivered with grace, maturity and conviction. And then I told Hari, “Remember the question you asked me last night, do you feel like talking about it now?” And so began the uncomfortable, awkward but necessary discussion.
Thank you Hillary for giving us the closure that we needed, not just for your supporters but to little minds that are eager to learn and make sense of the world and who heard things not meant for their ears. For showing us amazing grace as you faced your most painful setback. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to educators for being there for my kids, helping them process the outcome, and empowering them to focus on solutions rather than wallowing in problem.