the first (and hopefully only) time I cried today:
My school had a mock election today. When they announced the results - Hillary Clinton, by a huge margin - one of my students, who is Muslim, burst into tears. She and her friends spent the last two minutes of the day exchanging hugs and enormous smiles, and for half a second I thought, you guys, chill, it’s a mock election, it doesn’t count for anything.
But of course there is nothing “mock” about it. Her classmates overwhelmingly rejected a man who doesn’t think that she and her family belong here. My students’ votes don’t count in the election, but they matter in our school. And today, my students affirmed the safe, inclusive environment that we all work so hard to nurture.
So of course. Of course she was celebrating.
Me too, kiddo.