Tuesday, November 04, 2008
As I watched television tonight-- just the puppy and I, but of course, we weren't really alone-- there was a tremendous sense of witnessing history. I grew up in the midst of the civil rights era, and to reach this moment, to be watching seconds after 8:00 pm and to hear CNN say, "We project Barack Obama as the next President of the United States," well, I cried. I wept. And I laughed, and danced around the room, and then I opened the window and screamed O-BA-MA! at full voice, out into the cul-de-sac. That this election could happen, that this presidency could become possible, fills me with joy, and wonder, and a sense of yearning I've not known for decades. Life feels renewed. Anything feels possible. Today, and it's been a long time since I've said this, I am proud to be an American. I am filled with hope.