I’m still here.
While the celebrations have ended the marchers and the revelers gone home, there is a group of us day after day, week after week and year after year who remain, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office or gavels congress into session.
We wake up each day kiss our children and our partners and go about our work believing we make a difference in a world that for a very long time has viewed us as inconsequential.
We welcome your presence in this city. Whether you wore a pink or a red hat we applaud your enthusiasm.
We do have one request.
Don’t let this month or this week be just a Facebook picture or a Tweet. Let this be the beginning of your participation in our democracy.
If I may be so bold, may I offer you some advice from a well worn lobbyist?
Don’t save your vote for once every four years. When this spring rolls around and the polling places open again, please don’t tell us you aren’t voting. More is decided twice a year in the voting booth in your town then all year in Washington D.C.
Show up. No doubt at some point soon you will receive a mailer from your school board, your township trustee or even your congressional representative asking for your participation in a town hall or community conversation. Your first reaction should be to clear your calendar and to engage.
Turn off the TV and pick up a pen. Yes I said pen. Write your elected a letter. Start by thanking them for their service. Then let them know what you are thinking. Ask questions and offer to be a resource.
Speak with passion to your children about why you choose to engage in this great democracy. The last thing I want to see happen is this increased interest in the political process be fleeting. My hope is that my daughters will never question why they engage politically because being a part of the national conversation becomes an EXPECTATION of their generation.
One last thing. Pray for all of those that work daily in a place they believe has great beauty and even greater potential.
Until next time.
I’m not going anywhere.
I will be here when you return.