This past November, on Election Day, I posted about politics and parenting and the excitement and privilege democracy allows our great nation. Today I’m compelled to write about this historical day – the Inauguration of America’s 44th president, Barack Obama. As an estimated 100,000 people crowded the mall on Washington by 6:30 am, history was being written in more ways than one. Record crowds (expected to reach 2 million), record $$ being spent on this inauguration, record coverage, fanfare and online participation, but the “record” of today, the one that brings tears to my eyes and send chills down my spine, the one that supercedes political alignment, is the one that may actually have the most impact on America’s future- an African-American is taking office.
How appropriate that this inauguration would take place the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The significance of today is difficult to convey to the toddler set, as I tried to little avail yesterday with my own kids – frankly, it’s difficult for even me to get my head around. What I do know is that I will remember exactly where I was, maybe even what I was wearing, who I was with, how I felt, when today happened. I am looking forward to watching today unfold because with it, unfolds 4 new years, as well as a future of diverse inclusion- one that I’m proud to raise my kids in.