What will you remember about Inauguration Day? What will be your personal “take away?”
Like our parents remember certain days in history and can tell us exactly where they were and what they were doing, what details will you remember? What will you say about this day to your kids?
Will you remember the two million faces on the mall in Washington full of hope and the mass of bodies that seem to be floating on promise?
Will you remember the tears that flowed down the cheeks of those overcome with emotion about our country’s ability to change and because they have lived to see the first African American President?
Will you remember the feeling of pride you had on that day, that felt greater than any other day, to be an American?
Will you remember what Michelle wore? To the swearing in? To the Presidential Balls?
Will you one day tell your grandkids you remember what Sasha and Malia wore and how little they were “back then”?
I hope I will remember all those things and more.
I know I will remember that both my children tried in earnest to convince me they should be allowed to stay home from school to watch the events of this historic day; that thankfully, it was broadcast at their schools and that each of them snuck me a text message while watching.
From Max: “This is sick!”
From Sydney: “It is so awesome!!”
And I will remember, with a smile on my face, that when my children were eleven and fourteen they understood the impact of this election and the significance of this day and they each took the time, in their own vernacular, to tell me that.
"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”—Barack Obama, 44th and 1st