Some light in the darkness

Donald Trump has won the election. It’s an understatement to say I’m shocked. The majority have voted for a man who leads by bullying, fear, and intimidation. We can kiss the climate good bye – it was nice knowing you, planet, but we don’t care about future generations after all, it seems. We are impressed by wealth and power. Just writing this makes me want to puke. So where is the light, you ask? It’s something my son did yesterday that I want to share.

Daniel had an idea to create a rewards system at home to allow him to earn points for good things. He came up with the following chart of things he can earn points for and how many points he gets.


I’m not sure what the “mummy star awards” are. The third item is very funny. It says, “No complaining at food story”. That’s the vegetarian cafe we sometimes go to. The chart is a great success so far – yesterday both children did their homework without me having to ask them. We’ve negotiated a special reward for when they reach 100 points – dinner at Pizza Express 🙂

9 thoughts on “Some light in the darkness”

  1. I think it’s great that Daniel came up with this rewards system all by himself! I have used it in the past to help my kids over a hurdle or two and it works very well. 🙂

    1. I know! I’m so proud of him. We try to be very collaborative – within reason of course – and so I like that this was something he created because he’s taken ownership of it and is more committed as a result. Elizabeth is also following along with it due to peer pressure 🙂

  2. Well. I don’t know how to begin to apologize to the world and all future generations for the futures closed off because of this. I am truly sorry, folks. One more reminder (as if we needed yet one more) to never underestimate the power of fear, resentment, and hate.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what a mummy star award is. He must have something special in mind. It rates a 5!

  3. Writing from NC, I am stunning, shocked, heart-broken. The health of our planet lost ground when Al Gore won the popular vote but not the White House, and is further immensely damaged now by Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote but not the White House. Our system is, to say the least, flawed.

  4. That was the thing it wasn’t the majority. It was a crap turn out, but Hilary actually pulled the majority of votes. Crap system indeed. PR is the way forward, UK badly needed it too.

    1. Yes, you’re right. What I said isn’t exactly true and perhaps we can find comfort knowing that the majority did not vote for Donald Trump. Somehow that doesn’t make me feel better. If anything, it feels worse.

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