Dear Joe and Kamala.

I have waited for this day for almost four years, and it has finally come. For almost four years, I was sickened each time I saw presidential tweets. For almost four years, I was embarrassed each time I saw Trump on television speaking. For almost four years, my heart broke each time that I saw our Democracy threatened. I knew that, as a Country, we couldn’t endure much more of the madness. On Election Day, we made our choice, and our choice was the two of you. I voted early because I couldn’t wait to make my voice heard. I got up really early that morning and drove to the ballot drop box. When I got there, I was not the only one. While those who were there didn’t have much to say to one another, it was clear that our eyes spoke a language that we all understood. We all understood that if we were going to Make America Whole Again, our votes were the very first step. As you know, our Country is in disarray. We don’t trust our neighbors, and based on the sheer number of people who voted for Trump, it’s hard to identify those who support right from those who clearly support wrong. While I can’t, and won’t, demonize them for their choice for office, I do have some very real questions. I wish that we could talk, but right now, we are just too far apart ideologically. Truth be told, football doesn’t even feel the same this year. The Lakers won the finals, but still, there is something missing. Dear Joe and Kamala, when you take office, please be inclusive of all of us. For almost four years, I have grown to know what it feels like to believe that the leader of our Country doesn’t see or value you. I don’t believe that any American should feel that way. Just as you did when you campaigned, please work hard to make this Country a place that feels welcome for everyone, not just those who voted for you. While we may disagree on many things, once upon a time, we all seemed to love America as a whole rather than a portion. Personally, I believe that you can do it. Joe, I have been struggling with the concept of time for most of my adult life. With your refusal to never quit, I now believe that despite my age, many of my wildest dreams are still possible. Thank you for maintaining and demonstrating dignity despite everything around you seeming to do the polar opposite. I trust in your leadership Joe. Once upon a time, you were the little guy like me. With that being said, regardless of his/her race, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation, please keep a light on for them. To My Sister Kamala, I don’t even know where to begin. Who made you believe that you could actually do it? When did it happen? How did it happen? Though I may never get the answers to those questions, I am so glad that it happened. Kamala, all over the world, women now walk a little taller. Your very presence in that office is an act of both defiance in the face of oppression and hope on behalf of those who had no reason to believe. Sister, I am so proud of you. I cried when I heard the announcement. I cried for my Mother, and all of the things that she was denied. I cried for my Sisters, and all of the times when they were told to be silent when they wanted to scream. I cried for my students, for now their belief system has grown exponentially. Kamala, govern for all of us. When I speak of all of us, I am speaking of every inhabitant of the United States of America. Show them the beauty, grace, dignity, compassion, strength, and just sheer support that the African American community has known it’s women to have. Shine Sister. As you said, “although you are first, you will not be the last.” I am sure that RBG is smiling down on you. I know that my Mother is. Joe and Kamala, you have an extraordinary job to do. I understand that true democracy is a team effort. With that being said, if there’s ever anything that you may need from me, I won’t be too far away….Patrick

As always, this week, please do something for someone other than yourself for no reason at all other than to make their lives better. Also, if you make it to where you’re going, please don’t forget to leave a map for the rest of us. Now that the election is over, instead of pointing a finger at those who chose differently than you, please lend a hand in trying to make this Country a better place for all of us. Always Choose Love because Love Changes Everything…..

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