Monday, November 09, 2020

The Day Before

On the day before it was announced that Joe Biden had won the election I set my attention on the sky, so I could try and stop thinking about it. I wanted to stop checking in on every news site I could find. I wanted to stop shouting, "C'mon how long does it take to count ballots?" Luckily there were two things that caught my attention.

Oh yes, the morning started out with a beautiful display of crepuscular rays. I loved how that wide ray split the cloud. I stood out in the near freezing temperatures clicking photos and feeling glad. 

Later in the day a few clouds came and there was a brief shower while the sun was still shining. Of course I ran for the camera to look for the rainbow.

And there it was! I love when I get to see a rainbow end like that. 

So, that's what took my mind off of the election. For the rest of the day we checked in obsessively and went to bed uncertain of the outcome.

The phone rang early Saturday morning. My sister was calling with the news that sent our hearts soaring as high as the sky. We celebrated with laughter and tears of joy. We celebrated with a sense of relief. 

Vice-President elect Kamala Harris spoke Saturday night, and we cheered for her historical moment. President-elect Joe Biden spoke, and we were grateful to hear the words from a person who knows compassion and how a government actually works. 

It's not going to be easy, and already the chaos is building. But we have hope for the future. Something we have not had in a long four years.

34 comments:

  1. I get where you are coming from Robin. It's astonishing how much Trump being in the Whitehouse has affected us as Australians! So I can't imagine what it must be like for you. The mood in our house is so much brighter.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- It has surprised me how much the rest of the world cringed at this spectacle for the past four years. We so appreciate the long-distance support.

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  2. A rainbow as a symbol of hope after the storm has passed. Lets hope the world can emerge into a sunnier time, with not too much damage having been done by the storm.

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    1. John-- I so love your rainbow interpretation. Yes!

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  3. Really pleased for you as I knew you were concerned the fat Clown would win but he lost and he is taking it bad. A very sore looser with a long face which makes me laugh when I see it. Now he can go back to getting fatter eating burgers and hot-dogs. Good Riddance

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    1. Billy-- Your comment made us laugh. You feel about him the way we do. Thank you for that!

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  4. The first happy dances were at work. They continued into my house where the dogs joined in. And, I admit, some happy dancing continued into Sunday morning during a sunrise walk in the woods.
    The photos are joyful! The whole cosmos is celebrating.

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    1. CCorax-- Oh yes, happy dancing persists. Whenever we hear Joe speak we feel such gratitude. Yes, the whole cosmos is celebrating!

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  5. Isn't it wonderful to have hope returned to us? Gosh I missed it. We have such a long way to go but we finally have the right guy leading us.

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    1. Patti-- That's exactly it. We have hope. It's a long road ahead, but there's a truly decent human being at to get us on our way.

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  6. Beautiful photos! And YES, how refreshing it was to hear someone who's reasonable and compassionate and sensible.

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    1. Steve-- So glad you like these photos. I was glad the sky cooperated. We such relief to Joe. Yes!

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  7. It is certainly wonderful. And as so many have said, it's like having lived through an abusive relationship where we never knew each morning what the orange one would do that day...and though he may keep on being exactly himself, some of the sense of purpose of an executive team has returned! Congrats to the blue team!

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    1. Barbara-- I have felt that way about the orange one. He is an abuser, and now so many people know what it's like to be in a long and abusive relationship. Yay for the blue team!!

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  8. The speeches were so good. I know there will be a backlash, and some tough times ahead - but we are now on our way back to decency.

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    1. Colette-- Oh yes, there's a backlash. It blows my mind that so many Repub senators won't even acknowledge Biden's win. But we are on our way back to decency. Yes!

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  9. Good judgement in your last paragraph. It's going to be tough and it's hard to say how much will be done. However, for the time being all is good.

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    1. Red-- It is tough already. These people are relentless in denying the obvious. Such a nightmare. Yes, for now it's good. Hope it stays that way.

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  10. of course the Republicans are continuing their obstruction but no matter how hard they try to stop Biden/Harris, they cannot stop the inauguration. it is always party and power before country with them.

    and nice quick capture of the rainbow.

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    1. ellen-- I have to admit it blows my mind how the party is in lockstep with this madman. I thought they might actually accept the results. I was wrong. So glad you liked the rainbow!

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  11. "Hope for the future"...exactly right, Robin Andrea. Finally!! Love your photos! Thank you!

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    1. EllenD-- Yes, finally! It's been a long four years. So glad you like the photos. Thank you!

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  12. "Everything passes, everything changes" (Bob Dylan)

    That's for sure. Always heading toward the light. There is something about the sky that is endlessly reassuring. Even when our sky was filled with smoke, we knew that the sky would eventually do its work of clearing itself with the help of gravity.
    And levity!

    Thank you for your beautiful photos.

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    1. am-- Yes, there really is something about the sky. It's why I run out so often to see what beauty is there. It's a small reminder of the vastness of the universe in which our little planet whirls.

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  13. Lots of cheers for you all. And what a perfect rainbow.

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    1. Sabine-- Thank you for those cheers! So glad you like the rainbow.

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  14. Thank you! Those are beautiful photos! They bring me hope that kindness will be the in thing, again. Over the last four years, I was astonished at how hateful some people could be, and this was from people I once respected. I will never have the same respect for them, and that is sad. I can still be friends with them, but cautiously. I, too, tried to take my mind away. I love the outcome of your sky searching!

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    1. owl-- I'm so glad you like these photos. I spend a lot of time scanning the skies for its very ephemeral beauty. We are living in very interesting times. Sad and interesting.

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  15. Great rainbow shot. And yes, hope for the future. How pleasant it was to hear a quiet, reasonable President-elect say, seemingly sadly, how embarrassing it was for the sitting, defeated president to refuse to cede his defeat. Nice contrast to the ranting like a wounded hippopotamus. Brighter days are ahead.

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    1. Catalyst-- I'm hoping for those brighter days. Maybe some more rainbows and halos too!

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    1. 37paddington-- Countdown to Inauguration. I wish I could speed up time.

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  17. Hope is always a good thing, Robin, along with so many other things now.

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    1. Beatrice-- Hope is a really good thing these days.

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