Four years ago I sat with my 7-month old and watched the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. I remember it well as I was filled with so much pride that day, knowing that my son was born into a country where change was possible. A country where racial barriers were being destroyed. A country where anything was possible to anyone. At that time I had no blog and so wrote a long entry in my diary of the multitude of feelings I encountered while holding my baby boy and watching history in the making.
Four years later I again am overwhelmed. I was fortunate enough to have the day off for the holiday and even more fortunate that the boys daycare was actually open. Not wanting to miss a single second of a day of freedom and yet not wanting to miss the inauguration, I decided on a morning hike with my iphone. I was able to listen to President Obama's entire speech as I hiked through the snow in the beautiful mountains in which I'm so blessed to live. Tears formed in my eyes during many moments of the speech as again I was overwhelmed by just how very lucky we are to live in a country of freedom, where so many opportunities await us and our children.
Just as I reached the top of the mountain Beyonce came on singing our National Anthem. To say it was a special moment would be an understatement. I stood at the top, listened to her amazing rendition, and started out into this, full of hope, full of joy and so full of thanks:
Believe me, I am far from a political person. I wouldn't consider myself a Republican or a Democrat. I listen to both sides and both agree and disagree with both sides. In the end I vote for the side that I have more agreement than disagreement with. If my side wins I'm happy. If my side doesn't win, I'm respectful of the side that did. If we don't support each other, work together, respect each other, and treat each and every citizen as our equal, we are failing not just ourselves, but our children, our grandchildren, our legacies. I felt that today through Obama's words. I hope we all did!