PAUL AND I marched in Des Moines on Saturday. There were 26,000 of us!!!
It was a challenge to get there because we drove to Chicago and back on Friday, the day before the march, in order to make a deadline for a customer. We were home by a little before midnight, but I was too wired or overtired to sleep until 3:00 AM.
As a favor, the vendor we visited in Chicago gave us some scrap blank sign substrate, but we needed the rest of the materials, and we still had to actually make the signs, so about 2:30 AM, I was despairing.
I planned to tell Paul in the morning that if took putting me in a wheel barrow and pushing me, I had to be at that march. But is so often the case, Paul made it happen for me. He was kind enough to get up an hour before I did and go to the store to get big fat markers and stakes so that I could sleep just a little bit longer.
And we got there . . . without having to resort to yard and garden equipment. It made me SO SO SO happy to be part of this historic event.
I'm in awe of the organizers of every march around the country and elsewhere in the world! It's impossible for me to adequately thank all of the organizers from all over the USA and the around the globe for what you've accomplished!!
I've heard from friends around the country, and marches everywhere were huge. Organizers planned for X-number and got two and three times that. In Des Moines, planners initially thought we'd have 5000. They upped it the day before the march to 10,000, and in the end we had 26,000. And that's the story from Austin to New York City to Chicago to Seattle to LA.
To those who marched: thank you from the bottom of my heart. I salute each and every one of you.
Below is a happy little video and some photos we took. If you want to cheer yourself up, go to Women's March - IOWA Chapter and look at the pictures and comments. They give me hope. At least I know we're not alone.