Election Day: A Day Full of Suspense
I wrote this November 10th, 2016 and never posted it.
I woke up November 8, 2016 knowing that Donald Trump would win the 2016 Election. I just had a feeling about it, but I wanted to believe that there was more in store for this country. I had hope.
I remember not doing anything yesterday. I didn’t even go to class. When I woke up, some friends and I were trying to link up to smoke, but our plans fell through and it didn’t happen. I didn’t have time to because my bestie and I were going to go vote together. The whole time I was getting ready, I was overcome with nerves about voting. It was going to be my first time voting ever in my life. This was going to be the first time I voted for POTUS. I was afraid that I would get there and not have the right documents if they needed them or I would get there and they would say that they couldn’t find my name and I would have to voteelsewhere.
But everything was good. My bestie and I got there with the purpose to save the world.
Or at least we tried.
Riots are going to happen. Destruction is going to happen. Shit will never be the same. These are the thoughts that ran through my mind the whole day. Riots were going to happen regardless of who won the election; people in this country are way too passionate for there to be peace and harmony.
In some ways, the day felt regular. I was hanging out with one of my best girlfriends and she was talking to me about her relationship with her boyfriend. A pretty typical day for us. We wanted to try smoking again, but those plans failed so we lit it go and hung out.
After a while, I went back to my room to tried to clean and do work, but my mind couldn’t find a place to focus on.
That evening my bestie and I were having so many conversations. I love her so much, we talk about anything and everything. We went from talking about parallel worlds to the election. It’s funny I was watching this TV show from the 90’s called Sliders, it’s about a group of people who travel from different parallel Earths trying to get back to their own world. Each Earth they travel to is a different version of our own. In one Earth, they hadn’t discovered antibiotics while America was going through a huge epidemic. In another, America lost the revolutionary war. I wonder if there’s a parallel Earth where Donald Trump lost the election.
That night a different friend of mine and were on our way to go smoke when we walked past one of the buildings in our school that was showing the election status. There was a huge crowd of people around a giant TV screen that was hanging on the wall. Through the clear window walls, I could see the most frightening thing I think I’ve ever seen in my life. The map of North America was vibrant red. Inside the building, everybody was pissed. People’s mouths were open like fly traps. Wide open in disbelief.
Every place that I went to on campus that had a TV was on and was turned to the news to view the status. I was in line at a sandwich shop on campus people were studying and watching the election status at the same time. When Trump won Florida, I almost cried. Everybody was in disbelief. I started asking people if they could think of a different word that was better than the word “Disappointment” to describe what was happening and nobody could think of thing. Everybody was actually speechless when I would ask that question. On my way to the sandwich shop, I was grumbling about the shop sometimes running out of good options for chips. On busy days, the only chips flavors left are sun chips and pretzels; and those are nasty. But they had so many different flavors and types of chips last night. Different flavored Lays, Doritos, Cheetos, etc. I just found it to funny that there was more than enough options for chips but not for this election.
My friend and I were talking the whole night about whether or not Trump was going to win. I thought that I was going to cry if he won. I didn’t cry, I just had the overwhelming urge to scream.