The first photo I took that was framed on the wall of our home growing up, I took this on my eighth grade class trip to Washington, DC. A place I'd spent most of my first grade year, this time I was wandering halfway independent, thirteen and seeing the city with new eyes, and the beauty that stayed behind after all the crowds had gone home. The place where we go to celebrate democracy, something that I fear through lack of voter turnout will dissolve away to nothing. The place that represents so much hope right now feels more like apathy. The place that captured my imagination as a girl is one that I need so very much to rediscover itself and how much we need to show up for real. For each other, for our country, for our planet. Our lives depend on it.
"Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote." ~ George Jean Nathan