I had every intention of marching today. But the kids need to have passports done within 2 weeks.
Long story short:
- You can only walk in for passports at 2 locations in North Virginia: Duke Street Library and Merrifield Post Office.
- You must have original birth certificates for children.
- You must be prepared to wait at least 2 hours. Duke Street Library is a much nicer location to wait.
- You should probably not have a major event to attend like The Women’s March on Washington.
By the time we made it out of there, the March was well underway but we were tired, hungry and a lot closer to being broke until payday. I am grateful for the fire this movement lit in my heart and millions of others. Life for women everywhere is tough because the weight of the world lies literally on our shoulders! As mothers, teachers, nurses and beyond! The Mayor of DC said it best, “The women will tell you that we are more harshly criticized. We are more frequently criticized. And we are more wrongly criticized at every single level – be it the school board, be it the statehouse, or candidate for the president of the United States.”
Women’s March, January 21st.
- I am marching because teaching, a female dominated profession, is constantly under attack, under valued and underpaid.
- I am marching because mothers are torn away from their 6-week-old babies and forced to return to work or suffer loss of income due to insufficient maternity leave.
- I am marching because without a cure for breast cancer, too many children have lost their mothers.
- I am marching because too many mothers have seen their sons killed for nothing more than the color of their skin.
- I am marching because there are families trying to survive in refugee camps while they wait for borders to open.
- I am marching for students who want to go to college but can’t afford it because the Dream Act has never passed.
- I am marching for my students who have been mocked for their Muslim faith, dress and modesty – all things that should be cherished here in America.
- I am marching because I want my daughter to know the power of women who support each other and to believe she can accomplish ANYTTHING because she can.
- I want my son to know every woman deserves respect, to always be a gentleman, and to always help those in need.
- I am marching on January 21st in Washington DC.
March with me.