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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Can you believe it?

We are about to be witness to History. It may not seem as big as it will be, but come 100 years from now it will have been a pretty big one. I am speaking of the Inauguration of Barack Obama. His swearing in will be the turning point for America. I don't know what is ahead for us, I don't even know if he will be a great president. I do know that deep down in my heart, I feel he is "the one" that will change things around. I heard someone say "he will lead us to transform America from what it is today" and I can't help but agree with them. I suppose we are participating in a type of Metamorphoses. I am pretty practical and pretty realistic, and understand that he can not change things quickly, but he can lead us in a positive direction and reorganize those parts about America that I am not proud of. He has already shown great character and promise and has not let me down in how he has stood tall, spoken confidently, and has known his place. He has been respectful to the current president and although many have already begun to recognize him as their current leader, he has not seemed to let that give him too big of an ego. I think He probably has a healthy Ego, for a politician...you have to have that sort of over-confidence to get you to the top. I am not a supporter of the Bush administration, although the stimulus check he sent out helped to pay for my Maternity Leave.....(one of the only upsides to the last 4 years since the state of Pennsylvania doesn't offer any type of benefit-that is paid into out of our paychecks like Hawaii, California, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico...."TDI please come to Pennsylvania!!!!"...guess it doesn't matter now that I have the kids already, but I'll take it for the other mama's out there.)

I have been contemplating driving to D.C. to be witness to the moment Barack Obama becomes President Barack Obama of The United States of America. I know I will not be in a front row, or even close enough to witness the swearing in.....but to be present amongst the crowd of people who felt the same need I had.....I don't even know if I can take the day off, and my mother thinks it's "too dangerous" (too cold, bad driving conditions) and even said "don't you care about your children". .....I know she loves and worries for me, and I would do the same for my kids.....but: (edit note, i am not taking the kids if i go)
1.)I can show my children that this moment was important enough and that history is important.
2.)That they can participate, and not just be by-standers and on-lookers in life.
3.)There will be fantastic pictures to hang on my walls of the moment, that I will be proud of.
4.)I will be proud of myself for doing something for me.....
5.)It is a 4 1/2 hour drive and I have researched the directions, the plan of action on where I will park, catch the metro and attend then leave the event. I may even ask a friend of mine to come with me.

What to do?.......
I say go, but then again, I still need to get off from work.....pretty rough day to do that (day before Inventory, payroll submission and week end stuff I am responsible for)

Damned if I do.
Damned if I don't.
Damn.

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7 comments:

The Rambler said...

Sister!

Wow. I'm all for it IF you take another adult with you. AND that you feel it's completely safe to drive your children in that weather.

I agree. This will be something for them to tell their grandchildren that they're GREAT grandmother took them to this very moment that will be upon us in days.

It is amazing! Yes we can :)

Again SAFETY first!

love love...your older sister/2nd mother.

distractinglybombastic said...

I am also very excited for his swearing in.

In the primaries I voted for Hillary, but that was not to be. Still, I am ecstatic at the idea of her as Secretary of State, and I do feel like with Barack we are coming out of a dark period and going toward a better time.

For the first time since I've been able to vote, I am hopeful about the state of my country.

I say if you can manage it, definitely go. It's something you will always remember.

Kalei said...

fyi: i am not taking the kids!!!!...if i go... =)

Martha said...

I am very excited and I hope it all works out that you can go. I will be thinking of you and your family on Tuesday.

MarciaBrady said...

I say go. I'm sure you will be leaving your children in capable hands! You will remember this for the rest of your life!! I say if your boss gives you the day off, you have someone to go with and you have someone to stay with your children, then it's meant for you to go!

BTW: I do think I was crazy for trying to do 20 blankets in 3 days!! For the next year, I'm going to make fleece robes and I'm starting next month!! haha

Lady with a View said...

I vote go.

I look back at the last 10 years of my life and I realize that I have spent way too much time at work. You know what I've learned? The sign of a good team is that they can function without any one member (including you!).

I agree with your big sis though - take someone with you - don't go alone. Be SAFE!

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you get to go!