Having some sick and sad feelings this week about my bio family.
One of the things we ask in text banking is if folks could reach out to a few friends and family to remind THEM to vote. I was a little surprised by the question.
Because my family are all- well, we'll get there, and I don't have a lot of In Person friends because my disability hinders my social life. But a LOT of the people I've texted are very responsive to the question.
"My Mom is coming with us to vote for Biden!" or "We're going together as three generations to vote the Orange Cheeto out!" Stuff like that. I'm so happy for them, and hopeful. But.
It reminds me of how I've tried to explain to my parents that another four years of this WILL kill me. I've begged them to vote for Biden. They don't want to hear it. They won't even listen to me.
When I explain to them about healthcare and the Republican agenda, they shut down. I'm wrong, I can't be right, the Republicans will protect us. Republicans LOVE Medicare and Medicaid. People who say otherwise are just mistaken.
They aren't red hats. They don't MAGA. They find Trump embarrassing and vulgar. They aren't covid denialists. They wear masks.

On paper, they SHOULD be one of the Defecting Seniors who are supporting Biden in droves. But they...aren't.
And it's hard not to take it personally. Not to feel like they just don't CARE if their disabled kid dies.

I know a lot of parents are a danger to their disabled kid. I just didn't think of mine that way. I didn't want to.
It's hard to see so many families value their kids and then look at your own and see just how worthless you are in their eyes. It hurts, even if you feel like you should've seen this coming.

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My god, I really did live my entire life thinking that Dark Ages people were different from us for believing they could stop plagues with magic, and here we are.

People think "outside" is a magical charm against covid!
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