One of my great-grandmothers was helping long time family friend William Meredith to sort through a pile of mail following his stroke. She came across an invitation to The White House.
Sitting in an unassuming house in a little town in New Hampshire, she asked "William, you've been invited to The White House... Why do you come here?"
Struggling with the loss of speech, (even more of a struggle for a poet), he stumbled over his words and responded ".... more love."
While my faith in our country has been shaken, my conviction that love will move us forward has never been stronger. Love will keep.
Love, our inclusivity, our connection, our gestures of kindness and compassion must be stronger than the hate coursing through our country.
So my dear friends, neighbors, fellow humans of every color, gender, creed, faith/non-faith, and orientation, in the face of vitriolic current events, I see you.
You belong here just as much as I do.
I will actively fight my own biases and "ism"s, and raise my girls to know that love has no color or orientation, that all people are people, and that all people matter.
We will stand with you and for you.
You are safe and welcome in our home. You are loved.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
-Martin Luther King Jr