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Sadly, for too many of us, the time we felt most connected to Hillary Clinton was during her concession speech. There was a realness and a rawness to her words that we had yet to see in many of her speeches or debates. You could see at times that she held back tears. And then, when she was greeting people in the audience, a few of them slipped out.

Many of you may have wondered if she’s taking all of this as hard as so many of us are. Well, we can’t know the answers to those questions with any certainty. But a chance encounter with the presidential candidate and a hiker named Margot Gerster, shed a bit of a light about the place Clinton is in after that painful loss.


In a Facebook post, Gerster wrote:

I’ve been feeling so heartbroken since yesterday’s election and decided what better way to relax than take my girls hiking. So I decided to take them to one of favorite places in Chappaqua. We were the only ones there and it was so beautiful and relaxing. As we were leaving, 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. 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. 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 I’ll definitely take this one. So proud. #iamstillwithher #lovetrumpshate #keepfighting #lightfollowsdarkness

Later, Gerster told CNN’s Erin Burnett that Clinton “seemed as well as anybody could be expected after such a crazy, crazy experience. She couldn’t have seemed any nicer or, you know, kinder and gracious to me.”

Gerster said she decided to share the image on Facebook to make people smile. “It was a very dark day yesterday, I just feel like the fact I rain into Hillary while I was trying to clear my head, was sort of like a hopeful sign. I hope the picture brings hope to people who need it.”

We couldn’t imagine how Hillary was feeling learning she had been defeated by the likes of Donald Trump. And then having to deliver a concession speech. And I know I’m happy to see that she’s not rocking herself to sleep every night in a corner.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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