Tuesday, January 20, 2009
America the beautiful
Never, never, never, never have I felt more patriotic than I do today.
In fact, I feel like going out and buying the biggest American flag I can find and shoving it in the snowbank at the end of our driveway. This is not normal behavior for me.
I have been unimpressed, uninspired and disappointed by politics for the whole of my life. Until now.
I can't stop crying.
I cry each time I see this video.
This one does it for me too.
I cry each time I hear his voice on the radio.
I cry each time I hear the sound of crowds of people cheering and clapping their hands together in response to his words.
I cry each time I hear the hopeful voice of another human being--white, black, red, yellow, purple or green-- who feels empowered by the election of this man.
I have an irresistible urge to kiss pictures of the Obama family when I see them in magazines or newspapers.
Is this normal? Who knows, but it feels really really good, and natural and right.