November 10, 2016

The Day After, Carta to America @UnknownMami

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

Babushka has been blessed with the people she meets, and even more so when they become friends. Be it online or in person they become a part of you, their story juntando with yours. So much is loved and learned. En este sentimiento, BB sends 1000x Gracias to Claudya Martinez aka UnknownMami. That this giving, gifted mujer would friend esta vieja aventurera is a joy y honor. Her rawness and realness is a rarity and treasure, and it is with mucho gratitud Babushka shares this post written by her the day after the 2016 US Presidential Election.

Make America Kind 2016 Presidential Election aftermath

I love you all. We're going to be OK. I didn't feel that way this morning, but now as I get ready to go to bed, I feel better.
I know I'm not alone in my disappointment and I also know that neither one of the two major political parties has done a very good job of listening to all of the people who feel disenfranchised in this country.
Clearly, we all want change even though we can't agree on what that change should be.
I'm poor, educated, smart and capable. I've been those things my entire adult life regardless of whether a Republican or a Democrat was in that egg-shaped office. If I am being completely honest, even though I vote Democrat, that party has done nothing to make my life more affordable, neither have the Republicans. And I'm tired. I'm tired of working so hard to survive. It's exhausting. I want more out of life than living paycheck to paycheck while accumulating debt. I can't afford my life and trust me when I say that my life is not luxurious. I'm grateful for what I have, but I'm always just one emergency expense away from having nothing and there are so many other working poor in this country that have it even worse.
Would we need to do so much scapegoating if so many of us weren't struggling so hard just to get by? Money may not buy happiness, but fuck that shit because we all need money and it's freaking hard to be happy when you can't pay your bills or see a way out of the constant hustle.
I can't say that I like the president-elect. He showed his ugly with abandon and pride to get elected. I don't take the sexist, racist, xenophobic, nativist jargon he spews lightly. Hate is hate is hate is hate.
As much as it hurts me that such hateful language and fear mongering has been unleashed, the truth is that it is nothing new. You can't unleash what doesn't already exist.
So, yes, I am devastated. Yes, I want better, but I also want to be better. I've taken a deep look inside of myself and I am not without bias, I am not without judgement, I am also not a fortune teller. I don't know what's going to happen and spiraling into despair is not going to do me or mine any good.
So America, this is the man that is going to be our president for the next four years. Let's hold him accountable every step of the way. If he spews hate, let's call him on it. Let's use our cellphones to call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and our representatives to tell them what we think and what we want instead of spending so much damn time taking selfies or pictures of our food. If we see anyone being harassed, bullied, intimidated or mistreated, let's intervene.
We don't have to be mean, hateful or violent and we sure a hell don't have to be silent. Stand for what you believe in. Consider yourself an activist. Who says you have to go to marches or sign petitions to be an activist? You can be an activist at the park when you see a kid getting bullied, you can be an activist at the dinner table by not giving your tío who always says crazy inappropriate things a pass.

No more passes. It's on us.

Claudya Martinez aka Unknown Mami

Digna de admiracion y querer verdad Beautifuls?! Por fa, do yourself a favor and follow her on the redes sociales and her blog. BUENISIMO.

Claudya has a regular feature on Wednesday where she shares the wishes of others.
Viste how maravillosa she is?? And as if that weren't suficiente, her Flying Chancla reports have BB telling her JU SO FONII!! Ok, girl crush over, now go visitar to start yours.

Babushka Besos a todos. Cuidensen.

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Bohemian Babushka

Groovy Spanglish speaking Grandma of 6 who loves life and all its adventures. Motivational while still keeping it real, Babushka shows how all things looked at with gratitude are good, and how to say to la vida- JU SO FONII!!!

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