The results of the dismal 2016 Presidential Election have many individuals feeling depressed, angry and persecuted. The day after the votes were tallied, it seemed like a fair number of disappointed and traumatized voters were seriously considering taking the day off and perhaps just curling up under the covers for the next four years.
Margot Gerster, a mom and Hillary Clinton supporter in Chappaqua, New York, was experiencing a similar stew of emotions — so she decided to get out of the house and commune with nature.
She writes on Facebook that she was “so heartbroken since yesterday’s election and decided what better way to relax than take my girls hiking.”
Gerster and her 13-month-old daughter were walking in the woods, when they came upon a rather unbelievable and magical sight: Hillary and Bill Clinton walking along the very same trail.
“I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was,” she wrote. “I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her.”
While it might seem utterly absurd to run into a presidential candidate in such an isolated setting merely hours after the election was called, there’s a pretty simple explanation: the Clintons have lived in Chappaqua, New York for roughly 17 years.
Not surprisingly, Hillary was perfectly composed and gracious, and happily posed for a photo with Gerster.
“She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasantries and then I let them continue their walk. Now, I’m not one for signs but I think ill definitely take this one. So proud. ”
And yes, if you were wondering: Bill did take the photo.
The incredible chance meeting is already becoming a sign of hopefulness for many, and Gerster says that it was truly the encouraging harbinger she was looking for.
“It was wonderful to see her,” Gerster told TODAY. “She was gracious and kind, and I told her that all day yesterday, all I wanted to do was hug her and tell her how proud I was to bring my daughter to vote for her, and I actually got to tell her that.”
“I feel like it was more my chance to bring her comfort by telling her how proud I was to vote for her with my daughter. It’s important to me that people know the reason I took the picture because for a lot of people it seemed like a dark time yesterday. I hope that it brings people hope or comfort.”
So, if Tuesday night has you feeling deflated or hopeless, just remember: Hill may appear when you least expect it.
And hopefully, when she does, you and I will have just as much composure as Margot (but probably not, honestly).