I have a lot of feelings and opinions when it comes to the current impeachment hearings of the US President. Now, here is not necessarily the place to insert those opinions (although I may at some point). But other things are bubbling up as part of this process.
My dad was my civics teacher. He taught us about the U.S. Constitution, the leaders of our country, and the workings of elections – – and impeachments.
At the time I had had him as my civics teacher (1987-1988), only one president had been impeached. I believe when the next impeachment hearings rolled around in the late 1990’s, I was far too concerned about frivolous things to engage in a decent debate with dad on the hearings of that time.
Right now, he’s the one person I wish was around so I could talk with him about the happenings in D.C.
We thought alike quite a bit when it came to politics and government. Yet, we didn’t always agree on every subject. He and I would debate fiercely on the need of having the Electoral College…
I just wish I didn’t have the last word on that debate so soon.
No matter the direction of our government-related conversations, I would learn much about civics from him – whether it was well before I formally had him as a teacher, in freshman civics class, or in the thirty years following.
And for the first time this year, I won’t get to discuss the results of the Iowa Caucus or Super Tuesday. I won’t get to send him a selfie of me with my “I voted” sticker. I won’t get to watch the conventions or fret as we watch the returns on election night.
This is part of grief people forget about. What happens in our society, on the television, or out in the world can trigger grief. This secondary grief doesn’t necessarily occur to us when we first lose our loved one. But as time passes, moments of mourning happen because it reminds us of our beloved.
When hearing a father and daughter have died together, certain feelings may bubble up in some people who may have recently lost their father, spouse, or child. When seeing a royal wedding on television, we may think of the time we watched another royal wedding with our grandparents. When seeing a storyline on a television show, it may remind us of the trauma we experienced when our family member was struggling with the same challenges.
I miss my dad. When I really reflect on the fact that I will never be able to discuss current events again with him during this life, my heart aches. And yet I’m blessed that I had him as my teacher – both inside and outside the classroom.