Inauguration … time out for a personal jag
January 21, 2009 § 8 Comments
I missed seeing the inauguration live yesterday, during “real time.”
I tried to get it online at work, just for a moment, just to “be there.”
Nevertheless, work was the order of the day and people were in and out of my office, a spontaneous meeting went long, and in the hemidemisemiquaver of a moment when I could have seen it a bit of the event, the site was blocked (there’s some lockdown on the Internet where I work.)
And then I was at work ’til 7 p.m. and there was the danger of it feeling like just any old day, which it clearly was not.
I went home with a vague sense of unrequited desire to celebrate.
HM was dishing up pizza in the living room, had the coffee table set, and a few candles lit.
I ran upstairs first and changed into my sweats and my Obama tee shirt.
Then seated on the couch, we ate and watched the Neighborhood Ball and replays of the inauguration and even some of my favorite stuff – commentary and pictures about the new First Lady’s sense of style and fashion.
And when the President and First Lady danced to Beyonce singing “At Last”, I cried.
Couldn’t help it.
It was the good kind of tears.
It was because we still have courage and confidence. Not just some, but hundreds and hundreds of thousands of voters – indeed, the country.