WyoSal: The World is NOT Ending

Posted November 10, 2016 by Wyo Sal - 3 comments

Newsflash: The world is not ending.

I awoke to college students chanting, “He is not my president.”

presidentGuess what? While you breathe our air and drive on our roads and become more educated in our classrooms, yes, yes, he is.

For eight years, the person for whom I did not vote was indeed, my president. I disagreed with nearly everything he did and didn’t do, appointments he did and didn’t make, speeches he gave and places he went.

But never once did I utter that he was not my president.

As the votes were counted, I confided to a friend that I had prayed harder in the last months than I had ever prayed before. Non-believers say prayer doesn’t matter, I could not disagree more.

How I think the media treated OUR president will be saved for another time, except for my sharing with you that it was shockingly, irreverently, irresponsibly awful.

As we watched results in a “red bar” — is there any other kind in Wyoming? — I took note that the standing room only crowd was filled with civil servants, cattle and sheep ranchers, retirees, educators, energy producers and very small business owners.

To a person, they were ecstatic.

And in an evening filled with great moments, the very best moment happened when I stepped in the hall just as they called Wisconsin for President-elect Trump.

As she answered the phone, my 85-year-old mom, home after working a long day at the polls, shouted “Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God!” I have never heard her that happy.

And after months of sitting in meetings biting my tongue until it bled, after one memorable meeting in which news staff planned the top of page headline that would extoll a Clinton victory,  I knew that without gloating, I could be in the office again because all I had to do was think of my Mom.

Here’s to OUR president — yours, theirs, and mine.

Wyo Sal Bio picWyo Sal is a Catholic mom and grandma and works full-time at a job that still usually overwhelms her. She loves football and food and books. She hopes to win the lottery some day.

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3 thoughts on "WyoSal: The World is NOT Ending"

  1. Bennie says:

    While I’m not happy with the election (in general) – I wasn’t happy with either choice – I’m not going to go out and protest. I found it interesting how it was many young people protesting. It made me think how many millenials (sp?) grew up with that ‘award just for showing up’ mentality, and hearing how great they are at everything they do, etc. It made me think that some young people (not all) are just not used to losing or not getting their way. Hey, that’s life. Many, many times the people I’ve voted for did not win but that’s life. Life will go on.

    While many of us who don’t like Trump (or Clinton) might be afraid I can’t help but think that there are many checks and balances in place and Trump (sorry, can’t say pres just yet), won’t change EVERYTHING overnight. There are people in between who will advise and vote down some things.

    Also, I’m hopeful the many, many people who don’t agree with Trump will become active and make changes in their communities where they can. Maybe this election will spur on people to get involved with organizations that they believe in and actually have a positive effect on the country and world.

    On a side note – as I mentioned I did not either choice for pres. I basically threw away my vote on the Libertarian party as a way to make a statement. Not sure if it was really heard but I just couldn’t vote for either party. 🙁

  2. Anonymous says:

    With all due respect, he is not your average Republican. Had Mitt Romney been elected instead, we would not be seeing all the protests and increase in hate. We as a country have elected a misogynist and a BIRTHER as president. It’s truly sad.

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