(Warning, this blog contains one tiny spoiler from last week’s The Walking Dead.)
As I have mentioned I have intermittent panic attacks. I usually have them when I am feeling overwhelmed or particularly anxious. (One of my more memorable ones was way back in 1990 when I thought I saw an ex-boyfriend at the Gap. I began to hyperventilate and shake. My good friend Michelle bought me a frozen lemonade and made soothing sounds while I spooned bite after bite and concentrated on eating slowly enough to avoid brain freeze, which of course made me breathe slower and calm down.)
Most of my panic has been related to the bizarre dreams I have been having and most important, the upcoming Presidential elections.
Nothing sends my mind to the blank is concepts that are just too, well, stupid to ponder. I have a former student who brought an entire class to a screeching halt when she wondered aloud if she could put a black hole in her pocket.
That is the exact same feeling I get when I think about the whole election.
I just Googled “What would happen if Donald Trump becomes president”. I full expected the ground to rumble and open up while flames shot out of my computer screen. To be honest, I haven’t done as much research on that particular madness because it makes my fingers cold and my arms tingle and my brain sneezy. All at the same time. I don’t like to feel that way, and since I’m usually responsible for groups of children, I don’t need all of my parts to go kerfluey all at once.
My cousin’s child came home from school the other day upset because his Social Studies class was discussing the election (He’s in the third grade.) He was upset because “If Donald Trump gets elected, I will lose all of my friends! Jose will have to go back to Mexico, Michael will have to go back to Africa, and where will I go? Will I go to Mexico with you, Mommy, or will I go to Ireland with Daddy?”
This is madness. I have read all of the articles equating Trump’s rise to the rise of Hitler, and now the Klan is endorsing him (Trump, not Hitler, but probably him, too.) Then there’s the whole wall between the US and Mexico and the complete embarrassment this election is making of our country.
There is another chance to vote on Tuesday. I implore you to vote. I implore you to pay attention. I implore you to point the world back to things that make sense. I know this is asking a lot of a country that gives most of its water to the Coca Cola company. I think a Trump presidency will be a mistake of cataclysmic proportions.
As for the Walking Dead, I have no true opinion on the new Richonne match-up other than to say there are just some butts I could have a rich full life without seeing and I can’t conceive of the mindset that makes it ok to bone in the face of the Apocalypse.
But I might feel different if there is a Trump presidency.