OK, so today is my last day as a legal intern here in Washington DC. I've enjoyed the work, but I learned something unexpected. I learned that I have a personally very difficult time dealing with stupidity and bigotry every day. I came to law school because I wanted to do LGBT civil rights law. Now, I'm not so sure. I don't know if I can look into the eyes of injustice every day. I'm a generally very happy person. To see people fired, lose everything they've worked hard to build for no other reason than blind bigotry just makes me sad. And, as I told Donna, I don't like to be sad.
Still, at the end of the day, I know I did some good. I know I gave good advice to the clients with whom I spoke and I know I inched this cause forward, if but a tiny bit. I just don't know. Can I really do this type of work?
What do I want to be when I grow up?
My Girl comes in this afternoon and we pack up the apartment and head for home, via the Shenandoah National Park. We're going to take an extra day headed home to do some sightseeing in this country. The road is 105 miles long, 35 miles per hour, and has 75 scenic overlooks. We'll take all day to enjoy it. Sunday will be a full day driving back to Michigan.
It will be so good to be back together again. Despite seeing her every single weekend of this summer, it was a decision I would make differently if I had it to do over again. As has become my habit of late, there will be no posting over the next couple of days and it will be sparse for the week following. Thank you to all of you who still check up on me, despite the dearth of daily updates.