Letters to My Son: 3 November 2020

For NanoPoblano this year I chose to write letters to my son. I’m not yet sure if I’ll write a letter each day for 30 days or choose the method of 10 days of posting, 10 days of commenting, 10 days of sharing. I chose this theme though because my son is one of the most important people in my life and too often the busy world we live in doesn’t leave me much time to say to him the things I want to say. I also decided to write the letters out and give them to him. Happy blogging!

Dear K,

The 2020 Presidential Election is tonight and it feels like half the world is holding it’s breath while the other half is bewildered. I feel like this election is more emotionally charged than the last one was when Trump ran against Hillary Clinton. It looks like Trump will win again.

Politics is such a difficult subject for some people to consider. In some generations people will vote for whichever party their family has voted for several generations before them. We pass down our beliefs, values and traditions through our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren. We stick to what we know and in some families it’s unacceptable to veer from that.

Over the past year you’ve had some great observations, questions and opinions on politics that I have enjoyed talking with you about, even if we don’t always agree. I appreciate that you follow what is happening not just with the presidency but in the world, that you research matters, ask questions, do more research, ask more questions and come to your own conclusions. No matter what you choose, even if it’s different from my own beliefs I’ll be proud that you took the time and put in the effort to deliberate whats in front of you to form your own opinion. I’ll still love you all the same.

There’s a lot of controversial issues that have been presented during Trump’s presidency, there have been a lot of these that both political parties don’t agree on. It feels like the world is very divided these days. When did we change from being one nation under God to where we are today? Politics seems to be an “off limit” topic among friends for fear of losing someone you care about. I don’t remember it being like that when I was seventeen.

Of all of my friends who are following the election, only one has told me that they are for whichever potential president will do what is best for their family. I can’t say I don’t admire that. No matter who my friends chose to vote for, we still treat each other with respect, we still enjoy each other’s company, we still trust each other, choose to share our lives with each other, no matter what happens tonight, my friends will still be my friends tomorrow, no matter who they voted for.

So tonight, Sweet Boy, this is my hope for you. I hope that you keep up with current events, not just politics. Knowing what is happening in the world and how our political leaders respond to it can help you decide who is best to lead our country. I hope that you ask questions when you don’t understand what is happening, what is being said, I hope that you take the time to learn more about all of the political parties and not just the one you choose to follow, if you choose to follow one at all.

I hope that no matter what your political stance is that you are still kind, not just to your family and friends, but to everyone you encounter, even when they’re not kind to you because of your political views. I hope that you choose to see beyond politics to learn more about those around you, you never know what drives a person, what they’ve experienced that makes them who they are today, unless you ask and then listen, really listen and try to understand. I hope that you always remember that even though we, as people, may not always be the same in our views, beliefs, traditions, preferences, races, upbringing, religion, we may not be the same in so many ways, it’s okay to take the time to get to know a person better, it’s okay to try to find similarities. It’s okay to give people a chance, judgment free, with no expectations. It’s okay to be different. Never, ever be afraid to be different and appreciate the differences in those around you. This is my hope for you, Sweet Boy.

Love,

Mom

3 comments

  1. “I hope that you choose to see beyond politics to learn more about those around you, you never know what drives a person, what they’ve experienced that makes them who they are today, unless you ask and then listen, really listen and try to understand.” — ❤️❤️

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