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We Gather to Feel Hope

As she poured us some of her white sangria, our hostess Annie admitted that she was compelled to organize our Saturday night gathering since she wasn’t a participant in the Women’s March that afternoon. I hadn’t traveled to Washington either and so the six of us, all Moms, sat and shared our feelings and concerns. And I felt grateful to be able to gather and share my fears and doubts with these women. It was validating and affirming and necessary. And as each of us had brought a nibble and a sweet, our opinions and stories were equally nourishing.We Gather to Feel Hope on Shalavee.com

At the close of the lovely evening, we all offered that it was so nice to be able to speak our truths and hear them echoed back. That we’ve never experienced this fearful uncertainty in our country before. As one woman’s wise husband had pointed out, we were not alive during Watergate or the assassinations of JFK or Martin Luther King.This election is our horrible US citizen moment (if you don’t remember the second Bush Administration).

And even though nothing in the world “changed” last night, our inner worlds changed tremendously. We felt like we were facing this together with like-minded women. We felt safer in our collective souls. And that was something I’m so very grateful for. I think we all were. I look forward to hosting similar gatherings in the coming year to keep the spirit of hope alive for myself and anyone who would join me.

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3 Responses to “We Gather to Feel Hope”

  1. I remember where I was when I heard JFK, MLK, and RFK had been shot. I remember, vividly, watching American bloodied and maimed American soldiers being carried out of the jungles of Vietnam. I was taking Political Science in college as Watergate happened.
    What is happening now with the insidious and blatant poison of this Administration is worse, because the lies are like shadows that can’t be pinned down. We now live in a land where, daily, here-to-fore commonly agreed upon uses of even words are no more.
    But, excuse me now. I must go walk my alternative dog, i.e. my cat.

    • Shalagh says:

      Wow. To have someone who has the experience of history say this is worse is very interesting. And scary. What would your poli sci teacher say now. Is no one saying it? Anyway, I’m glad you are one in my circle Maureen. I know what you are saying.
      Love,
      Shalagh

    • Shalagh says:

      Wow. To have someone who has the experience of history say this is worse is very interesting. And scary. What would your poli sci teacher say now. Is no one saying it? Anyway, I’m glad you are one in my circle Maureen. I know what you are saying.
      Love,
      Shalagh

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