Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Our new President

Okay, we all know I'm not the best at conveying what's going on in my little head.  Somewhere, the words get all jumbled up and come out sounding something like this.....blah blah blah blah bleh blah bluh bloh blugh.  :) 

I woke up this morning in awe of what transpired last night.  What an amazing night it was.  I can't believe the election was called as quickly as it was. Heck, they were just about to call Florida and bam - the whole thing was over!  We all just sat there, in stunned silence, wondering what the hell happened!  I ran to go wake up the girls (who just wouldn't budge) and then it hit me.  I stood there whispering to Hannah (in my lame attempts to wake her up) "Obama won! Hannah, Barack won!!" 

At no time during this whole election process did I give a rats ass what color he was.  Color is something we don't see in my house.  I didn't care if he was black, white, purple, pink, yellow, or blue.  What I cared about is what he brought to the table.  But whispering to Hannah last night "Barack won!", what an amazing time in our history.  I've always told my girls that they can be anything they want to be, as long as they work hard, study hard, play hard, and be honest, upstanding people.  Don't lie, don't cheat, and don't be an ass.  (Remember, I'm not the most eloquent of people!)  But now, now I can say it and really mean it.  My girls, all of my girls, can grow up and be whatever they want to be.  That was an amazing moment.

I watched Barack's speech from Grant Park last night and cried.  Cried for the people who were there crying tears of joy, crying for my girls, crying for a nation that will hopefully come together, and crying for those of us in this house that feel hope.  Hope that things can get better, that they will get better.  I told Alex that for years I felt like the last little puppy that didn't get picked and had to stay in a cage.  No one wanted me, no one cared.  All of us "puppies" just got left behind.  But last night - last night I felt that someone heard me, someone cared, and now we'll at least have hope.  Hope that some day we'll get out of this shit hole that we were lead into over the past 8 years. 

I'm not expecting a miracle come January.  I'm not expecting that things will turn around in a year or two or maybe even three.  But we'll get there.  We'll get there because now we have hope.  Hope that our new Commander in Chief won't leave us to fend for ourselves while he lines his pockets, and his friend's pockets, with tons of money, while more and more of us lose our jobs, our homes, and our hope.  Hope that we will all come together to work hard and rebuild what has been destroyed.  Hope is a wonderful thing that can pull people through to the other side.  I have hope.  And right now, that's a lot more than we've had in a long time. 

Yesterday was a wonderful day.  My oldest was accepted to UCF, and now we have a new President.  And hopefully now our tomorrows are a bit brighter.

So to end my less-than-eloquent update, here's a quote from Obama's speech last night.....

"America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so
much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children
should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky
to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What
progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer
that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people
back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore
prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream
and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one;
that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and
doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that
timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can.

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