Tuesday, January 20, 2009

He Came In Like A Tetris Piece.


I will always remember today. Grace sat next to me on the couch, trying to hum along with Aretha Franklin. Ruby ran in circles, Lillie not quite 7 months old sat on the floor. Sunlight pushed through our windows and I (despite my flu body aches) allowed the speeches, the small moments, the feeling, move me to tears instantly. There are many more reasons to celebrate besides the issue of race, but for me, today was about the daunting mountain that everyone has managed to not just climb, but blow apart.

When I was 16, I sat on my bedroom floor for several days straight reading Roots by Alex Haley. I wept through most of it, got sick, got sad. My confidence in the human race was shaken and stirred. Today I saw a black man at the podium and it was a victory for every American that has only wanted peace from the beginning. On all issues, may Barack Obama deliver at least in part what he has promised to our constantly evolving society. I hope the promises he has made can transfer into successes for our country. I hope his presidency gathers together the ranks of young people in our country and helps them truly believe in America.



...And how rad was the closing prayer guy?

10 comments:

Kristie said...

Truly a historic moment. One that all people, regardless of colour, should be pround of.

Celeste said...

May the Brown stick around! ... that guy cracked me up. This was an historic day...

Latisha said...

Couldn't agree with you more and definitely couldn't have said it any better. Loved it.

kristen said...

As always, you have said it perfectly. I will always remember today and its events, and your blog will be part of that!

ariana said...

I remember in the sixth grade when The Klan rallied in our town square. It was my first experience with naked, upapologetic racism. We have come a long way.

Andrea said...

Beautiful. It was amazing to watch something that you know is game changer for our country. I am full of hope!

Covington's said...

yeah it was an swesome historic moment. you have covered it well. WOW! you are a good writer!

Lillie said...

Beautifully said--- this makes me realize that I should really have this day recorded in my blog for journal's sake. Maybe I'll just copy and paste yours ino my blurb blook.

Hope everyone's feeling better.

tacomama said...

The kids and I are just so happy and proud. Yay for all of us, it is great people are becoming more open minded. Love Andersons from College

Dinah said...

Love this piece Sarah: These are historic times and we are lucky to be a part of it. I will plant tomatoes as soon as the chance of freeze ends in a week or so......Yes there really was frost on the car windows and no one had an icer to take it off and did not know how to get rid of it. (I told them a credit card would have done it and they all looked stunned!) I love Florida....love A. di