It’s Thanksgiving! It’s time for turkey and cranberry sauce and warm feelings, followed (for some of you) by inadvisable amount of wine and an argument with your mother-in-law that ends in embracing and weeping like characters from a deleted scene from the Joy Luck Club.
In all seriousness, though… We at WRUN have so much to be thankful for, it’s hard to know where to start. Your faithful admins first of all want to thank their spouses for their emotional and intellectual support and for tolerating us night after night during the election season hauling our sleep deprived selves to bed far too late. We want to thank Rush Limbaugh for pushing us over the edge and making us mad enough to start this thing. We want to thank some of our wonderful guest contributors like Siobhan Carroll, Jamie Utitus, Deliciously Geek, Dave Thomer, and Jen Chapin, who liven up our blog from time to time and made our RNC week coverage such a hit. We want to thank Simmie Knox, the gifted painter whose official SCOTUS portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the defining element of our most popular meme ever, shared over 11,000 times off of our page alone. We want to thank our new friends, admins of pages like The Everlasting GOPStoppers, Whiskey and the Morning After, Glittersnipe, Anti-Republican Crusaders, Miss R*Evolutionaries, We Are Woman, and MOMocrats, and so many other pages in our network of friends, for helping us increase our audience and put us in touch with so many of you.
And last but certainly not least, we are thankful for all of you, dear readers. All of you, some who have been with us from the very beginning, this past spring, when we were excited to hit 100 likes on our Facebook page. All of you, who have shared our artworks and blog entries (remember when we didn’t have a blog?), have picked up the phone and taken to email when we’ve raised a charge against a legislator who was behaving badly. This entire effort would be pretty meaningless if you weren’t here to spread our messages and reach out to our policy makers when we needed you. Here we are now, with 6,300 of you hand in hand with us. It’s humbling, to say the least.
We’re not going to talk much about politics here. Suffice it to say that we are grateful for the way you came out in force for the election, and for the way you voted. We’re fortunate to have the government we have, and a president who has made it clear that not only our rights but the rights of everyone in America to be happy and free, are a priority for him. We’re fortunate to have the brave soldiers and diplomats working for those rights overseas. We spend so much time focusing on improving the situation for women in America, it can be easy to forget what an incredible place of opportunity it is. With all its issues, with all of the ideological battles we find ourselves enmeshed in, at the end of the day, we do still have choices, we do still have freedoms, and we do still have opportunities. Now more than ever, these are things that we cherish and protect, and we hope you join us in that continued effort.
So go. Enjoy your turkey. Enjoy your family. Enjoy your wine (but not too much). We’ll see you on the other side, ready for the next round.
In friendship and gratitude,
Jen & Pattie, Your W:RUN Admins