Tuesday, January 20, 2009

1.20.09--And We Lived Happily...

What an incredible weekend! What an incredible day!!

I'm exhausted and I'm not sure why, but I think it's because I've been holding my breath for so long.

And today I exhaled.

I expected tears, but none came. There were plenty of goosebumps, but no tears--and I cry at the M&M Easter Bunny commercial every year.

Barak Obama doesn't represent a panacea to the world's problems to me, but the possibility of change in our country that makes me hopeful.

I tried to figure out how to convey the importance of this event to my sons. I brought the two oldest to the inaugural concert on Sunday.




We all watched the swearing in (on our feet) today.

But I don't know if they understand.

And you know what? That's okay. It means that they see nothing remarkable about a black man leading our country. Hopefully some day they will think nothing of a woman or someone of hispanic descent or of gay identity leading our country.

A world where my children don't expect that all leaders are white men? Is it really true?

Now I think I may cry.

12 Deserve Mamma's Love:

Sunshine said...

So jealous, what incredible memories you'll all have!

flutter said...

looks like a good day, Amie love

Nancy said...

A great day in history shared with your kids =)

Ella said...

And you know what? That's okay. It means that they see nothing remarkable about a black man leading our country.

this just sums it up perfectly...

Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] said...

You're so incredibly lucky to have gone! More pictures!!!

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I tried to explain the significance to my kids and when I said that this was the first person who was ever President of the United States who wasn't a white man my kids wanted me to explain what a white man was.

I suspect that means we're doing something right.

Fantastic Forrest said...

Right on, Mamma.

Whit said...

There was a picture in the paper of all the presidents (a drawing of course, but fairly accurate) and I asked my oldest if he could find a difference between Obama and everyone else. He couldn't. I was good with that.

Leslie said...

I watched on television with my daughters in my lap. They didn't understand the relevance and I felt just like you.

ThisFullHouse said...

I watched from home and STILL got goosebumps. I can only imagine the bump-factor, up close. Thanks for sharing your pics!

Lotta said...

Wow - what an awesome part of history to have included your kids in! Plus your eyebrows look GREAT!

Amy said...

What a wonderful blog and what amazing memories. It made me tear up. We really do live at a great time.

Amy (from GracoBaby)