As I joined the millions of people watching the inauguration of Barack Obama yesterday, my mind was flooded with so many thoughts--flashbacks, lamenting, celebrating, looking ahead. I made an attempt at articulating them in one cohesive post, but they work well as stand alone thoughts here. So three thoughts for Wednesday:
I watched the inauguration in our family room, surrounded by Esme's menagerie of plastic farm animals. Esme followed the first part of it, but needed to go down for a nap, so I missed part of Obama's speech. As I was carrying Esme upstairs, I thought about how amazingly fortunate I am--I am living that American dream, completely pursuing my happiness, unfettered.
Sure, my carpet isn't vacuumed, and I don't have a paying job now. But I personally have so many, many blessings. So why do I feel so excited about a change?
Because it's a change for everyone--everyone should have the chance to pursue a dream as I have been able to. My dream is fairly modest--to have space to think and love and create. I know that other people dream of things as basic as having days off, or healthcare, a car to drive, or the privilege of legally calling someone their spouse. It is my wish, my fervent hope that everyone be able to achieve these, and much, much more. May we all be able to pursue our dream of ourselves to the fullest. I believe President Obama when he says he will help us toward that goal.
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