Yesterday, I was stretching and foam rolling before my run. I did this in my nice, clean, air conditioned house. My belly was full. I wasn't thirsty. I felt safe. My cats slept peacefully on the couch. The sun was shining. My life was good. As perfect as could be in my little world, here in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. In the United States of America.
As I prepared for my run, I was watching Morning Joe on MSNBC. I watched a story that was broadcast about a mother and child who endured a three month journey from Honduras to come to the United States to seek asylum. But they had not entered yet, as the mother feared her child would be taken from her. They were left in limbo in Mexico. They were frightened and had no home. The mother had a decision to make. Go to America and have their family torn apart, or go back to Honduras and possibly die?
And I just cried. I ugly cried. I cried because the world is not fair. It is not fair that I have more comfort, food, money and family than I could ever need. In the grand scheme of the world, I am EXTREMELY blessed because of the simple fact of the country I was born in.
When compared to the millions of people in the world suffering, I have MORE THAN I COULD EVER NEED to live a safe, happy and content life.
It's not fair, and I hate it. IT IS NOT FAIR that so many of us have so much and others have so little. I hate it. Why can't everyone in the world have exactly what we need to feel happy and safe?
I have screamed and cried as I read articles about infants and toddlers being separate from their migrant parents. THESE CHILDREN ARE BEING TRAUMATIZED AND THERE IS NO REVERSING THE DAMAGE THAT IS BEING DONE TO THEM. Can you just imagine? I know it sucks, I know it is painful, but right now, just imagine your young son or daughter, niece or nephew, grandchild, or student being torn away from their parents indefinitely.
I don't have children, but I have nieces and nephews. Just the thought of one of my nieces or nephews being ripped from their parents arms, not understanding what is happening, wondering what is going on and wondering where their mommy and daddy are.... I just can't take it.
I can't fucking take that we have a president that would let this go on for over six weeks.
I can't take that this has already happened to over two thousand children.
I thought the Trump presidency would be bad. I truly never, EVER imagined it would be this bad.