i could write so much about yesterday, but as usual, i have much editing to do and very little time...so i'll keep it short.
we had friends over during lunch and rick came home to watch the inauguration with us. i put rhys in his booster seat to eat snacks so he wouldn't try to change the channels or climb the tv armoire while we were trying to watch...
and suddenly, when obama appeared on the screen, he started squealing. then, i said, "obama." and he repeated it. then i said it again. and he repeated it. and then he looked back at the tv, and when the camera came back to obama, he laughed excitedly again.
could it be that my 17-month-old really recognizes him? i mean, we did take him to a rally, but that was a long time ago. of course, i also thought he said "obama" when he was about 8 months old. i think that was wishful thinking...
several friends asked me at the end of the day if my glow had worn off yet. truth be told, i spent most of the day frustrated with people online who were writing ugly or just plain rude things about obama, about people who like him, about everything related to the inauguration.
i hate this part of my personality, where i focus on something stupid or insensitive or rude or close-minded that someone has said, and i just obsess about it, can't let it go. for some reason, i take it personally. i would love to have a magic wall i erect every time that happens, so i can remain removed emotionally. hmmm, that would be fantastic, actually.
one thing i have been hearing lately really sticks out to me: some people (christians) have been saying things like, "i'm going to look to God/Jesus for change" or "the only man who brought real change died 2,000 years ago."
now, besides these statements just being utterly obnoxious to me, i think there is a difference between a christian placing his or her eternal hope in a superior being and a U.S. citizen being hopeful about what changes obama and his administration might bring about while they are in power. these are two completley different things. so why do some (mean, short-sighted) people use these lame arguments? i think it's so they can feel more important, more valued, smarter, whatever.
i really thought this ugliness had gone away after obama was elected, but boy, was i naive.
i loved the part of obama's speech about how some people don't think that government can do any good anymore, but they are just cynics. i couldn't agree more. i am hopeful. i think the critics should wait a year or so to see what happens before getting all judgmental and nasty.
the gate is open now, and we've been invited to the table. so what are we going to do? sit around and be critical? or get involved and see what kind of change we can bring about for the good of the country we love? let's get moving! there's lots to be done.