I Just Can't Stop Smiling Today
I timed it just right today. My usually draggy, grumpy morning self was nowhere to be found. My feet hit the floor, my children woke up on time, my husband had already made the coffee. And the school lunches got packed just like that. And then we were off – to start the first day of our new president's term in office.
Could you feel it? I could just breathe the symbolism in the air on the short drive to my three kids’ elementary school. I am usually not this giddy or even this political. In fact, President-Elect Obama’s campaign was the first political event I’d ever attended, or contributed to. Years as a journalist had made me both apolitical and, though I voted before, rather apathetic. Well, no more. Never again.
Once on campus, my 6-year-old daughter was greeted with a miniatureAmerican flag by her classmate – and though fairly oblivious to thereal reason for the electric feeling in the air -- the studentschattered excitedly amongst themselves about the “parade” for thepresident today.
When I reached my middle child’s 3rd grade classroom, the TV wastuned into the endless (and tardy) procession of officials beingannounced as the momentum was building. In direct contrast to thehyperactivity of the first grade, this age – the 8 and 9 year olds -appeared to be the age of understanding. The group one by one satquietly down – some in disbelief that there was a TV on in theclassroom and that they were actually going to get to watch it,others in anticipation of seeing “their” new president. One amazing momhad baked apple pies with the presidential seal and “Obama” somehowpainted with edible coloring on top – and was busy hanging red, white,and blue decorations about the now buzzing room.
I hesitated – wondering if I should just sit and stay, but pulledtoward getting my personal goal met – that is to selfishly say reachthe gym in time to plug in and watch the whole thing while on thetreadmill … I sprinted from the room to the car in hopes making it intime.Continued on the next page