Something Good Happened Yesterday

Matthew Donnellon
4 min readNov 8, 2020

After a long week

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In case you haven’t heard, something good happened yesterday.

Though I’m sure the celebratory car horns and general jubilee may have tipped you off.

It is a rare thing to witness a special moment and so when it comes around it is important to take a second and appreciate it for what it is.

On Saturday evening November 7th 2020 Joe Biden assumed the mantle of President-Elect and accepted the job bestowed upon him by the American people.

Earlier that day after nearly a week of counting, the AP and other news organizations called the Pennsylvania election giving then Vice President Biden 20 more electoral votes and sending him past the 270 threshold needed to be the next president.

With that announcement, there was a palpable sense of joy and a collective sigh of relief.

Cities erupted into mass celebrations.

Not just here.

Church bells rang in Paris.

They celebrated in Ireland.

Congratulations came from leaders around the world.

And in this, America would not be outdone as cities around the country shared in a collective moment of jocularity.

New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia and many others sang and danced in the streets. Washington D.C. erupted into an appropriate chorus of “Hey, Hey, Goodbye” just outside the White House.

The same White House that will now stand for hope, change, and common decency rather than division and hate.

The festivities around the country and around the world signaling what so many felt yesterday.

Something good is happening here.

As much as it a sign of looking forward it was a rebuke of the past four years. Yesterday was a culmination of a movement to be better. Yes the old ship that is the American Experiment creaked and groaned and weathered a few storms, but it did not sink and now 74 million people came together to make their voices heard. They righted the ship and charted a new course.

Most importantly it gave us a chance.

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Matthew Donnellon

Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories.