Turning the Tide

You all know that Mom and Dad joined the movement last year. Neither of us ever had the time, saw the need, or felt the fear. Perhaps some of you may think we are being dramatic, but neither of us—in our almost forty years of marriage—has ever had this daily concern regarding what is going on in our country. In the past, it was not in our faces on a daily basis. But in reality, both of us had experienced troubling times when we were much younger

When we were kids, beginning with the JFK assassination when we were both very young, politics and current events were something of which we were both vaguely aware, but neither of us was in a position to act. But I do remember the news stories, particularly involving the protests during the Vietnam War era. There was a lot of violence during those days, especially on college campuses, but I never worried about our country. I always knew we would survive the upheaval.

Now I worry about guns and bombs, so I write and call my representatives to inform them how I do and do not want them to act. I have attended several legislative subcommittee meetings at my state capital on upcoming gun legislation. I joined a group, Moms Demand Action for Gunsense, which currently has over 4 million strong members as a group fighting to make our schools safe from guns in our schools. As children, you should all know not to mess with angry and determined mothers.

I attended a seminar last night to learn how to register my fellow South Carolinians to vote. I believe we should all be voting in our elections, especially knowing that Grandpa spent time in Russia, where free elections did not exist.

I support the students who marched last week, and I will march on Saturday while I am on vacation in Palms Springs, California. I believe that the optics of hundreds of thousands of Americans marching for our lives is important for change, just as it did in 1913 with the suffragettes and in 1963 when a quarter of a million marched for civil rights in Washington, D.C.

I would like to believe that if I came of age when women could not vote, I would be out there voting just like Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins. I hope you are glad Dad and I have the time and passion to participate in fighting to maintain the safety of our country because we are not stopping until the tide has turned.