When things go wrong, as they sometimes will…

"To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world." —Hillary Clinton
“To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world.” —Hillary Clinton

I had to memorize that poem in grade school, and recite it to my class. I think I now know why. The poem is called ‘Don’t Quit,’ and was written in the late 1800’s by Edward A. Guest. Obviously, good old Ed had the awareness to realize that someday, here in the good ol’ U. S. of A., we would be in need of an optimistic verse to deal with the overwhelming feeling of doom and gloom from the tsuris (worry and woes) caused by the 2016 Election.

A baizeh tsung iz erger fun a shlechter hant. Ikh mura mir itst hobn beyde. A wicked tongue is worse than an evil hand. I fear we know have both.

Don’t quit. Seems easy enough. Bat-shit crazy things happen Truly bad things happen all the time. I can be heartbroken, scared, stunned and angry as fucking hell, but I won’t quit. I can’t. I have two shana madelahs (sweet little girls) who need me to energize and focus all of these emotions and inspire them into action.

What we have ahead of us is the fight of a lifetime. And my Mrs. and me, we are in it to win. We know what progress and hope feels like. We will know it again. Because we have to… Because we can’t live in a world that is so hostile, albeit anti-woman, anti-people of color, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-disability, anti-religious freedoms, anti-climate, anti-fucking freedom and liberty and justice for all.

Our battle will be one of civility. We will sign petitions. We will write letters. We will march bravely and peacefully in protests. We will use our voices. I will use my words. And we will continue to vote. Most importantly, the Mrs. and me, we will be role models to our dear bubelah’s (sweetheart girls). We will model kindness, empathy, hope and respect – things that everyone deserves in this world. Even the man whose name I cannot yet type or say aloud who won the election. We understand democracy.

“This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” —Hillary Clinton


We will fight because this world belongs to my daughters and your daughters – and all of the kinder (children).

“To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world.” —Hillary Clinton

Di velt zogt a vertel: besser mit a klugen farliren aider mit a nar gevinen. The world has a saying: better to lose with a wise man than to win with a fool.

We have a fool. Please prove the world, and me wrong. I would love nothing more than to be very, very wrong about the tsuris (troubles) that are ahead for us all.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will… don’t quit.









34 thoughts on “When things go wrong, as they sometimes will…

  1. so funny I ad that quote pinned to my mirror all through my teenage years, my mum gave it to me. Well said. You truly inspire me and make me feel stronger I thank you for that. I am so glad you have become part of my life! Another strong and inspirational post! #mg

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  2. Seriously, shit happens, eh? I think the whole world is nervous about the new leadership, which was totally unexpected, and still so hard to digest.

    Be strong. Your girls will grow up stronger and more resilient and make the world a better place–you just wait and see!

    Love and hugs! I am praying for you every day. I understand how you feel. ❤️

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  3. I end my latest post with the words “every revolution ultimately has a counter revolution. I think the next wave of kids reaching voting age are the most tolerant and accepting that we have ever seen. I hope that we can make it through the next four years and the backlash is swift and overwhelming #bigpinklink


  4. Big hug from Western-Europe. I was seeking for a good Yiddsich quote to make you a bit glad again but ven dos harts iz bitter, helft nit kain tsuker. Keep courage: you never know what happens in the future with crazy things and crazy men 😉

    PS: Your girls are so beautiful. Nice photo: yes all life matter: Jew or goy, black and white etc

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  5. I think this year has been an awful time for politics, I can only hope that he proves everyone wrong. Either that or something happens that means he is withdrawn from presidency and someone more deserving enters the White House. #bigpinklink


  6. It is a very shocking result, it puts our Brexit shock into some perpective. But in both cases, I take heart that the younger generation voted wisely and that gives me hope. It sounds like you are a great role model for your girls, take care and know we are thinking of you in England xx #mg

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  7. It’s awful. Our countries seem to have held hands to leap backwards. I can only hope that it is such a disaster that no one ever makes that mistake again. No words really. Just sadness. Thanks for joining! #bigpinklink

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  8. Sometimes its like a nightmare, but most of the times its like a bizzare chain of events that has lead someone whom we never thought would be capable of anything making faces to reach the realm of this world. Well, do we have an option now?

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  9. Across the world people are nervous about what the new leadership will bring. I truly believe that justice and morality will out and that those who are looking to incite hate will be overthrown. As parents our job is to ensure that the children we are raising understand empathy, kindness, freedom of expression and freedom of choice. That though we may be different ultimately we all want the same things, Love and Safety. #EatSleepBlogRT

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  10. I can only imagine what it’s like in America right now. My mom told me she signed a petition for Hilary to be elected Dec 19, I’m thinking you are talking about the same one? I would if I could, its horrendous that a man like that can be voted in (I will not say his name either), especially for our children. Thanks for sharing this with #GlobalBlogging!


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