Some things seem impossible.
Impossible to do.
Impossible to hope for.
Tonight was a sliver of hope and a strong rebuke, a rebuke to bigotry, corruption, and deceit.
The Resistance stands strong.
The above tweet flashes onto the screen of my iPad. I can’t look away, and I have been refreshing my Twitter app frantically for a glimmer of hope.
A retweet sends it my way.
Another retweet brings a smile to my face.
It has felt so horrible and hopeless for the last months, which have felt like decades.
But, this is hope.
I switch over to Facebook, inundated with increasing possibilities. I scroll by a post from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A quick shift back to Twitter as tweets scroll by in an endless sea of excitement. One after another, excitement rolls through, excitement and hope.
I consider all the people who consume Fox News like a sponge, soaking in an alternative reality. People who I once respected. People who I used to look up to.
I continue to scroll until I cross someone spouting bigotry.
Andrew T. Walker.
His words enshrined in digital stone.
“Christian parents, the nation’s first transgender elected official enters American history tonight. What are you doing to prepare your children for this new world?”
I hear these words as if uttered by a parent.
My scrolling continues as I stumble upon a reply to Mr. Walker.
“Christian parent here. We’re celebrating. We’re preparing our so to embrace difference, not fear or discriminate against it.”
The gif of applause that follows is perfection.
I can’t spend all night on Twitter and decide to do something about the laundry situation.
After a few minutes, The iPad screen is illuminated again.
One last look before I move to some other distraction.