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Monday, January 21, 2013

Pride, Respect, Future

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!


9 comments:

  1. I wish more people shared your attitude. It's not about being a Republican or a Democrat. It's about being one nation and coming together to make this country livable for ALL people. We truly have to be able to agree to disagree without losing respect for one another or thinking that we're superior to the next person because at the end of the day we're all equal!

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  2. I agree completely with YUMMommy! We don't always need to agree or be agreed with. That is not what is important. What is important is community, love, and respect. Deep down, we are all so similar. Wonderful post!

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  3. I agree with you, it doesn't need to be about politics, it needs to be about the community! Great post.

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  4. What a lovely moment for you today. I absolutely agree with you, too. It should be about community and working together!

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  5. I agree with you, we need to work together instead of against each other. We are in this together as a country regardless of who the political party represents.

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  6. I love how you still respect the side that you didn't support completely. I wish more people would do the same. The hateful/negative comments I see daily about Obama just sadden me. He's doing the best he can with what he's got, honestly. I doubt the people who are making these comments could do any better, really. We definitely need more of a sense of working together!

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  7. It was a beautiful inauguration, I must say. I don't have any political views, though I think I should for conversation's sake. But I believe in equality, fairness, and progress for the betterment of everyone in the country. That should be enough of a political view for me.

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  8. He's doing his best and its enough. Lets help ourselves too. I like the way you respect other people.

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