I woke up this morning, and the world was crying.
The sky was dark and gray, and the few people out on the streets walked quickly and quietly with their heads hung low in shame.
The shock of the results of the presidential election was rippling its way across the globe. Donald Trump had won, and overnight became the most powerful man in the world. A new era is upon us.
My phone battery was almost depleted from all the texts I received throughout the night and into the early morning. My friends and family from the United States were scared and upset, asking me,
“Is this real life?”
“Is Canada a viable option?”
My friends overseas sent their love and support:
“I'm so, so sorry”
“I have an extra room in my flat for you if you need to escape.”
The morning felt unreal. Heart heavy, mind racing, I put my phone on silent hoping my mind would follow suit.
Quickly and quietly, I made my way to work with my head hung low in shame. I passed a couple kissing on the street. "Love," I thought, "at least we still have love."
Even though times might seem bleak and all hope seems lost, we must keep moving forward and living our lives the way we always have.
Love will always trump hate.
So, in light of this week, here are some date ideas to keep the love alive under the Donald Trump presidency:
1. Go for a spontaneous road trip with your sweetheart.
Head down south to where Trump's supposed "wall" will be and show your love for the people and communities in the area.
2. Winter is here, grab some coffee.
Meet for a mid-day coffee on your lunch breaks at an atrium. Snuggle up and stay warm with a couple of lattes while looking up at the unbroken glass ceiling above.
3. Splurge a little.
Have a romantic dinner for two at one of your city's finest restaurants. Filet Mignon, lobster, sky's the limit! You know you're worth it.
When the bill comes, it might be a bit pricey, but don't worry about paying the tax…
4. Feeling lucky AND patriotic?
Try your luck at the Trump Casino and White House down on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Hit the slots and learn about our nations history!
5. Get physical.
Register at Babies R Us before an evening of passionate, wild sex.
Since contraception and abortion will soon be illegal you will need to pick out the perfect crib and carriage for your soon to be family.
6. Keep the spark alive.
Feeling like you're in a bit of a drought? Send racy sexts to your significant other throughout the day and remind them just how “bigly” you are.
7. Go old school.
Write handwritten love letters to each other.
Put down on pen and paper how they make you feel and how lucky you are to have them in your life.
Even if the next four years might seem like they will last forever and the world seems to be crashing down around you, take the time to really keep love alive.
Together we are stronger. And always remember: Yes means yes, and no means grab them by the pussy. (Trump's words, not mine.)