I was lying in bed and couldn’t sleep. I of course was sweating the little things. I was debating if I should by a lottery ticket because it’s only four days into my Kickstarter campaign for my journalism project and I already feel defeated. I’m excited and believe in my project and myself, but I fear I may be the only one that feels that way. I’m not a believer in lottery tickets, but I fear that everyone else may be.

To distract myself I decided to read your writings and I really wanted to leave a response on most of them but I have a Windows phone and Windows doesn’t have the snazzy Medium app that does snazzy things on their phones. So I grabbed my laptop and headed downstairs as not to wake my husband with the clankity clicking of my typing. I’ve only read as far back as the election, but to make things easier on myself (selfish, I know) I’ll only leave one response.

I now present to you… My Giant Ass Response, a novel written by Erika.

I feel your pain. Trump is a bad name in our house and at some point it just became unsaid that he will remain unsaid. The morning after the election we too were disappointed, heartbroken and angry. My 16 year old son, especially. A completely inappropriate parenting tactic on part, the next day we drove around and looked for all the yards that had Trump signs and we screamed on the top of our lungs at each of those houses. Nothing specific, just a loud angry roar. I felt it best to get it out of our systems so we can move forward and figure out what our role can be in improving our great nation.

I admire how you handled the election results with your students. Your compassion toward them, I would like to believe, will teach them the value of compassion and therefore they will find it within themselves to show compassion towards others. I am by no means saying they weren’t compassionate before that day, but it’s always inspiring to have a role model.

I immensely appreciate your piece titled, “Intentions.” Each day I resolve to be a better person then I was the day before. Thanks to your recommendations I intend to kick my game up a few more notches. For 2017 I resolved to wake up at 5:00 am every morning to increase my productivity, and by productivity I mean drink coffee and feel bitter and resentful that I’m up so very ugly early. At least that’s all it’s amounted to so far. It’s only been six weeks though so perhaps I just need time to evolve.

A few key points I would like to touch on before I make my way back to bed. (It’s 1:00 am. I might as well brew coffee now so it’s ready to be pumped into my system when the alarm clock goes off in four hours).

1. Congrats on the Huffington Post piece.

2. I intend to email you with my home address. I would love a love letter. I recently put an ad out for pen pals and out of 1.6K followers I now have two.

3. I epically failed your technology quiz. I’m not a fan of Activia and I don’t Snapchat. Also, I live in a tiny town in Iowa completely surrounded by corn. Starbucks isn’t a thing. However, I did consider cheating on the quiz, but I’d only be cheating myself.

Thank you for always sharing your thoughts, your soul and your words. You have definitely increased the quality of my world.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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