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The Way It Was Always Meant To Be

Posted by Jen on January 21, 2009 at 7:00 AM in Jen
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Today I watched while Patience zipped up Lyra in a front-pack carrier and headed off to the National Mall with Dave and a small collection of friends determined to watch history in the making. Lines quickly morphed into crowds, cell phone coverage was sketchy and the chances of hearing let alone getting up towards the front were slim. Still, the desire to be connected and to be a part of something new overruled more practical concerns.

Madeleine and two of her friends decided at the last minute they wanted to go downtown, too, while the boy cousins opted to stay home, sleep in and celebrate by playing the Wii. No matter. This is the first inauguration our children are most likely to remember, and chances are good that they'll grow up thinking it's completely unremarkable that a black man served as President of the United States. They'll reflect not on the color of his skin but the content of his character. They'll have a hard time wrapping their minds around the idea that anyone ever thought it could not happen. They'll marvel that it took us so long to understand that this is the way it was always meant to be.

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GailNHB writes...

What a great gift you and your sister have given to your children in attending the inauguration. Heck, it's the first inauguration I remember. It's the first time I have really cared.

That last line is right on target: they will marvel that we didn't get it ages ago, that men and women of character ought to be the ones running our nation, our companies, our schools, and our world. And as we all grow to be people of character, we will each become the leaders we were created to be. And it will no longer surprise us that what seemed impossible ten or twenty years ago is entirely possible - and most likely, already underway.

Yes, we could.
Yes, we did,
Yes, we still can - and there is so much yet to be done.

Becky writes...

I loved your last statement. What you said is so true. My 10 year old actually said to me once Obama had been elected "mommy, why do they keep saying that this is a historical election". He totally couldn't comprehend why this man would be history in the making? Then it hit me, how beautiful, since we never bring race up as a subject when discussing whatever is going on, to him, this is the way it was suppose to be, someone elected for his abilities. I just explained that the world has come a long way and that more doors open every day to everyone.

Milverti writes...

Well, he really couldn't comprehend why this man would be history in the making? Then it hit me, how beautiful, since we never bring new york tours race up as a subject when discussing whatever is going on, to him, this is the way it was suppose to be, someone elected for his abilities in most or all ways.

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