If It Were Only That Simple

Drawing byJean McKendree

At the beginning of November 2020, I had a dream. My mother and I were cooking dinner. Trump was in the kitchen complaining. "I don't want potatoes. I don't eat green beans. I don't like ham. " Finally, I said to him, "Well, what DO you want?" in a very exasperated tone. He looked sheepish and said quietly, "I just want to sit on the porch and drink lemonade." So we gave him a big. icy glass of lemonade and sent him outside. When I woke up, I felt a sense of relief that lasted most of the day.

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A giant glass of lemonade in a wooden porch under a bright sun. At the end of the porch there is the USA flag and Donald Trump on a rocking chair looking towards it.


As a British/American dual national, I had the worries about the 2020 elections in the USA on top of the Covid stress. I actually felt very lucky to be able to work from home and was not that affected by Covid myself, though my brother and several people I knew had it. I didn't think I was very stressed, but as the election neared, I found that I was having more trouble sleeping and was thinking more about the possible outcomes and what they could mean for the USA and the world. Clearly that influenced my dreams and the one that the painting illustrates I remembered particularly vividly. The sense of relief that I felt when I found a "solution" made me realise that I was feeling quite anxious about the state of the world and wishing there were some simple solutions to the very complex problems confronting us.