It’s November 9, 2016. My daughter turned 6 today mashaAllah. It’s also the day that we woke up to the news that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. Sad Sad Sad.
I had hoped that this morning I would be able to tell my daughter that a woman had been elected president for the first time in the history of the United States. Just another awesome example of how if you work hard you can achieve whatever you aspire for, whether you are a girl or a boy. I grew up in Pakistan in the 80s, the decade of Benazir Bhutto, Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher. As a little girl I had many examples of women as head of state, near and far from home. I had wished to give that present to my daughter this morning.
However this is a day many of us are confused, surprised and sad. We wish for a world of hope, positivity and equality for our children, not one where people vote in support of division, racism and fear mongering. It’s a scary world to bring our children up in.
There is lots to think about. Lots of talks to be had with our children. But today I will celebrate my daughter. This wonderful, bright and loving child who brings the sunshine in our lives. The one who made me a mother. A gift I thank God for every day. The one I learn so much from while I think that I’m teaching her about life. The one who made me smile this morning despite the news and the negativity.
If you’re also struggling with your emotions, look for some positivity and huddle around it. Don’t let hate and disappointment get the better of you. In the end love and hope is the answer – always!
I will end this post by a favourite verse from Allama Iqbal. One of my favourite Urdu poets born also on November 9. Instead of talking about the US elections this morning, we will try reading some Iqbal today and get inspired. Maybe you can try that too!
“Dayar e ishq mein apna maqam paida kar,
Naya Zamana, Naye Subh o Shaam Paida kar”
+ Read this post for ideas to bring urdu in your birthday celebrations