Yesterday I was standing in a gym surrounded by amazing, brave, and loving athletes and their families, ready for a day of basketball.
As we focused our attention on our nation's flag and anthem, I could not ignore the painful irony that this week we will inaugurate a president who shows willful disdain for the very folks who are the best of what these symbols represent.
the Special Olympics pledge is
"let me win,
but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt."
I would love for our son to look at the flag and hear the anthem which calls forth this courageous and honorable endeavor and know that we actually mean it, but instead, what I see and hear is a depraved PEOTUS making fun of the people I love the most, and a cadre of defendants rising in heartbreaking defense.
In spite of all this, we will not surrender hope.
The love and bravery that filled that gym yesterday will remain undaunted.
all accompanied by enormous smiles.
There are no threats.
Bullying is wholly absent.Self-aggrandizement is nowhere to be seen.
Indignant self-righteousness is mute.
Personal preservation yields to the whole.
Teachers, coaches, volunteers, parents, friends and athletes:
these are what is good about our world today.
It is this good which will prevail.
We are not going away.
We will not be dismissed.
We will persevere, with or in spite of or in the face of those who hold structural power.
we will be brave.
Which means in the end we cannot lose the things that really matter.
(originally published as a facebook post on January 15, 2017)