It’s very hard to sort out summer camps when Donald Trump is stopping legal residents of the USA from entering the country to come back to their homes and families and pets and belongings.

It’s difficult to concentrate on what we might need for new kittens when the president has barely been in office a wet week and he already seems mired in a bunch of power plays that might end in war.

It’s tricky to think about school re-enrollment forms when people are about to lose their health insurance, their ability to medicate chronic illness and keep their children alive because the ACA has been repealed with no replacement.

It’s confusing to wonder how I’m going to attend my best friend’s wedding in Italy this summer when people are being indefinitely detained at airports in spite of the stay on the order.

It’s hard to make pancakes for breakfast when I keep stopping to wonder if Trump has enough support in the armed forces to be a military dictator.

It’s hard to remember to print out Mabel’s passport photos and arrange to get her Irish passport application witnessed while noting that actual Nazi Steve Bannon was slipped onto the National Security Council as chief strategist while we were all busy watching the airports yesterday.

It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

7 thoughts on “Diversions

  1. Stuff & Nothing

    I was just thinking about you today. It’s a very strange time. One of the negatives of being up for night feeds again is that it’s hard to resist the temptation to scroll through my timeline. Which is flooded with news that is likely to keep me awake the rest of the night. It’s hard to concentrate on the normality of life over here. I can’t imagine what it’s like living in the midst of it all 🙁

    1. Maud Post author

      Really, it’s probably much the same at this point, except that here it’s harder to just ignore it. Thanks for thinking of us, though. 🙂

  2. Lisa (BadMammy.com)

    The feelings of dread are very real, I can’t imagine what it’s like to actually live in the midst of it. Who’d have thought we’d become grateful for our governments lack of ability to stick to campaign promises in comparison to the “efficiency” of another? Hopefully sanity will reign soon.

  3. Emily

    It’s so, extraordinarily, totally frightening. Like some crazy movie… except it’s real life. Lots of love and hope ye are not personally affected in your travelling etc in the slightest over the coming months xxx

    1. Maud Post author

      Well, we shouldn’t be by what he’s done so far. But who knows what tomorrow will bring. And only caring about how it affects us is what got the Republicans where they are – there are plenty of people out there his executive orders have already affected.

  4. Suzanna Catherine

    Amen, sister to everything you said. I was born at the very end of WW2. I lived through the Cold War. The building of the Berlin Wall. Through the Cuban Missel Crisis. I’ve known every president since Truman. I’ve never been this frightened of one man. It’s unbelievable.

    My heart goes out to all who feel frightened.

    I’m letting my Congressman know how I feel.

    Abiding with you.


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