I know, I know... don't panic.
The toxic invasion of The Donald into the airwaves and psyche of millions has been terrifying and yet illuminating.
As a parent raising teenagers in this unfortunate and distressing era of US politics, as a human being and citizen, a defender of democracy and believer in personal responsibility, the events south of the 49th parallel have sparked more than a few conversations we might not otherwise have had.
We now banter the word "misogynist" around the dinner table like bosses.
Jokes aside...... we have had some engaging and intense conversations about power and race and gender that have allowed us to be explicit about our values on those topics (again) and to have intellectual conversation about living our lives in ways that that mark them as starkly contrasted to the Trump Tribe.
We have engaged in good discussions on Christianity and abortion and fundamentalism and what Jesus really meant. We have wrestled together about how to make sense of it, how to walk in integrity.
We have discussed family loyalty and parenting and marriage.
Plagiarism and authenticity came up as did truth and lies.
We have discussed the democratic process, the challenges of two party systems, the issues with not voting because of a leader.
We have sent and laughed at the 50 billion memes of The Donald and shaken our heads in utter despair but that has led us to conversations about the power of social media and the bias of media and the power of celebrity.
And finally we are thankful for the cautionary tale The Donald offers regarding self tanning and hair products.
My US friends- we do not envy the fiasco your country is living through - but we hope like crazy y'all stay sane and pick the much lesser of the two evils.
So thanks....to the Trumpkin....sort of.