It was brisk that day we stood on the top of Cadillac Mountain. Gusts of wind that felt hurricane force stopped us in our tracks, threatening our progress and almost forced us to turn back. Determined, we continued around the top of the mountain, intrigued by the ancient site that was formed by glaciers and magma . . .
This day trip to Acadia National Park occurred a few days after the election, fueled by the utter anger and disbelief we felt as a family after Donald Trump won the election. Since Acadia, a national treasure, was within a day trip’s reach, and since we were looking for some peace and perspective that can come from spending time outdoors in the rugged elements, the park seemed like a logical destination . . . .
Standing there, on the edge of the earth, the ocean surrounded us almost all the way around. The waves formed white caps and parts of the waters were deep, deep blue. Looking toward Bar Harbor we could see the Porcupine Islands, land left over from the glaciers that leveled the scape four hundred million years ago . . .
Those islands withstood glaciation as it were, because they are made from incredibly strong material, believed to be magna from the Earth’s core. The land withstood the tear of massive glaciers, as well as the wear of the ages. Not to be trite in the face of awe, but it turns out that resilience might actually have something to do with strength . . .
Watching my daughters gleefully and fearlessly traverse the rock, weaving on and off the stone path that winds around the top of the mountain, solidified my resolve to raise my voice and fight against injustices that are likely to loom in the near future with the transfer of power in the Executive Office. I cannot stand by idly as women’s rights are corroded and destroyed. I cannot be silent while minorities are mistreated. I will choose to be the magma that withstands the force of the glacier, and I hope you will choose to do the same . . .
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