Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Hope = smiles


This week I had plenty of reasons to smile. After all I’m retired; I don’t have to get up in the dark and drive on congested construction strewn roads to work and then do it all again the next day.

That in itself makes for automatic smiles.

Visiting Lansing, the Capitol of Michigan, on a cold Sunday afternoon.

But if I had to pick one thing that made me smile this week it would be Sunday afternoon when my husband and I attended the ceremonial swearing in of our new Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.

I keep insisting that I’m not political, I don’t like politics, I don’t have the patience for all the talk and lack of action, for the arguing, for the lack of empathetic listening, the insensitivity. I hate that neither party even tries to hear an opinion outisde their own dogma.

But this year the candidate challenging my district’s incumbant Congressman caught my attention. She actually sat down with my husband and me and listened intently to our truck safety issues. So I became involved in her campaign, canvasing and talking politics to strangers, which was very scary for me. She won by 13,000 votes and attending her ceremonial swearing in made me smile.

Photo from Slotkin’s webpage. Senator Stabenow, Congresswoman Slotkin and her husband, retired Colonel David Moore.

Presiding over the ceremony was Michigan’s Senior Senator who has also been very open to our issues, which made me smile broader.

But the biggest smile during the event was reserved for the Sexton High School choir who sang for us. A group of young people, diverse in ethnicity and culture, sang of hope and change to a huge ballroom filled with mostly middle aged white people.

Lansing’s Sexton High School Choir rocked it!

They sang from their hearts and we listened with ours, knowing that we were on the cusp of change for our district, filled with hope for a more responsive government. And when they finished we rose in a standing ovation before their last note ended, which made them smile.

“If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change.”
(lyrics from Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror)

After the event, while we were all milling around talking I noticed one of the young singers standing behind me. I turned around and told him how beautiful the music had been. He nodded his head respectfully, then burst out into a wide grin and swallowed me up in a hug.

Seems smiles were the order of the day.

The gears of change grind slowly.

What’s made you smile? Tell us about it and link to Trent’s blog, he’ll recap for us next Monday!

Note: Follow the link above about Elissa to read a short article about the ceremony which contains a few quotes from her speech. I think they’ll give you hope too.

Something to smile about in Lansing last Sunday.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “Hope = smiles

  1. Wow, does sound like a smile filled day! I know that despite not being political you were involved in the campaign, so I am sure the swearing in ceremony was a much anticipated event. And the choir sounds wonderful.


  2. I got my fill of politics when I was working as a journalist. I didn’t follow the race you mentioned, but it’s always nice to hear a message that fills us with hope and positivity. Let’s hope these “new kids on the block” will hang onto their ideals and really work together to make a difference.


    • Politics is no fun, that’s for sure, even when your candidate wins. I figure she’s got this one two year term to convince the people in her district from the other party that she will work for them too. If they don’t see that I expect the seat will revert at the next election.


  3. It makes Lee smile to see more women in politics. Lee thinks it has been the old boys club way to long!
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    • I’m happy about more women being involved too. If you want to get something done, ask a woman! However, I think the system is so old and slow it won’t be easy for anyone to get anything done. I hope this new crop of elected officials can break through and work together for the better of all of us, but I have my doubts.


  4. Great song choice for the choir. I can imagine how it sounded in my head.


    • They sang a bunch of others, but I can’t remember them all.. . they were really good….there was one medley of songs based on the 9/11 theme that had me (and I’m sure others) in tears, one part of it was “I will remember you, will you remember me?”


  5. The gears of democratic change do grind slowly, but so much better for society than despotic steam rolling… so glad you were part of her team.


    • That’s a good point. I should be reassured by that given the way things are in DC right now…if things could go faster there might be even more destruction to our wetlands, forests, national parks etc.


  6. What a wonderful day Dawn. This post made me smile too. Especially the part about the hug 🙂


    • I know, right? He caught me by surprise but I was so glad for the hug. One of the speakers, who happened to be a retired Republican from my town, who spoke after the choir sang, and as they were filing out the door said, “And there, I submit, is our future. And they give me hope.”

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  7. Pingback: The Weekly Smile Recap – 1/14 – 1/20/2019 | Trent's World (the Blog)

  8. Hi Dawn, you have to love a kid who sings, but is also triggered into hugs by a simple few words of encouragement. Well done1

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  9. She probably won because she sits down and listens to people.


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