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Published on November 14th, 2016 | by Kristen Stone

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COPING: Kristen Stone Sends Big Love from the Deep South

We change our bedtime routine.

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I spend most of the weekend in nature, with my son and niece. Our friends meet us. We hike and play in the river. The children get muddy and are happy. I tell myself, our county voted for the children and the parks. At least there is that.

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We draw pictures and the children, when they are not bickering mightily, are blasting my heart open with their queer tenderness.
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Our church meets outside too, on the prairie. We sing we will guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride. We sing this land is your land. I cry, hard and silent.

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I ask my counseling clients, black teenagers at an alternative school, how they feel about the election. For what it’s worth, I clip a safety pin to my shirt.

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I worry over whether to take my son to a demonstration. He already knows too much.

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About the Author

Kristen Stone

Kristen Stone is a writer, domestic violence advocate, and social work student living in Gainesville, Florida. She is the author of Domestication Handbook (Rogue Factorial, 2012) and self/help/work/book//The Story of Ruth and Eliza (Birds of Lace, 2014). Her work has appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, finery, Adrienne: a poetry journal of queer women, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere on Mutha. She blogs about books and affect at kristenstone.com



One Response to COPING: Kristen Stone Sends Big Love from the Deep South

  1. Maryann says:

    You rock, gilfriend!

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