Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inauguration Day

Today my children learned that there is no barrier to success, that big dreams are achievable, that we are a part of one world, one tribe. We watched the inauguration with some friends, all decked out in red, white, and blue. Even their dog wore a red and white striped sweater with a blue bow in her hair. We screamed, we cried, we held each other. During Barack's inaugural speech, Blueberry drew the Obama family and Rhubarb drew herself and Eggplant with Obama, a reproduction of the photo on her dress. Everyone was silent. We wanted to hear the hope. It wasn't hard. It was palpable.

All afternoon Rhubarb and Blueberry played "Malia and Sasha". My Haitian daughter and my Irish-Norwegian daughter played "Malia and Sasha".

I have a dream that one day... little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
Tonight, while reading with Rhubarb, I commented that her hair looked pretty (I had removed her beads today, but left the braids in). She responded, a grin plastered on her face, "Don't I look like Malia?" Yes, my daughter, you do. You look a lot like the daughter of our current president. For the first time in history little brown girls all over the world can grin widely and confidently in the knowledge that they look like the daughter of the president of the United States.

Today was a beautiful day.

Little Patriots

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