So I know that today this may not matter a ton to you but in four weeks or maybe four years from now you'll understand.
You're fifteen right now, God what I would do to be fifteen during this time of "democracy." What I would do to be at a time in my life where this is something I don't think about. But I am and you're getting older and so now this is beginning to matter to you too.
I know you know about this most recent election. I know you know because you have heard me talk about it with friends and with mom and dad and because you're smarted than I ever was at fifteen.
I didn't stay up until the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday watching the election. I went to bed at around 1:30am. But when I woke up this morning I was instantly filled with sadness, knowing that this man will lead our country for the next four years.
I couldn't stop thinking about you.
I'm not sure if you have watched Hillary Clintons concession speech, I want you too. She says something that I really want you to hear. She says:
"And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."
I want you to know this and to remember this as we head into January. An inauguration that will be in our kids history textbooks for sure.
Donald Trump has said some awful things about women. You know it and I know it, I also know that NONE of them are true. You are so much more amazing than you even know. When I tell you you're beautiful I'm not messing around with you. But that's not even the best part of you.
You are athletic, smart, strong, independent, courageous, funny, amazing, and so many other things I can't even think of right now.
Don't let a big bully, that is now going to run our country, let you forget that, and if for some reason you do, I am always gonna be here for you.
As Christopher Robin said to Winnie the Pooh:
"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you."
Your Older Sister