What a Beautiful Day

Today I am hopeful.

Today I am thankful.

Today I am proud.

Today I feel more than apathy, fear and dread.

I’ll admit that I was on the fence during this presidential election.  I was unsure.  Should I choose experience?  Should I choose change?  There was no clear cut choice for me.  I had reservations about both candidates.  I took a deep breath on election day when I cast my vote.  I made a decision.  I won’t tell you for whom I voted.  But I will tell you that today, Inauguration Day,  my heart is full.  It seems so clear that the right person was elected.

If my great-grandfather were alive today, he would not believe it.  For as much as I loved him, I did not like or share his views on civil rights and minorities.  Today I witnessed history!  Americans have their first African-America president.  How wonderful to see MLK’s vision realized.    Thank God it’s a new day.

For as optimistic as I feel, I have many nagging concerns.  I am concerned for our new President’s safety.  There are lunatics in this world, both foreign and domestic…  It scares me.   His plate is full.  The full weight of his responsibility will hit him in the morning when he receives his first security briefing.  I pray that he has the clarity and fortitude to make the tough decisions. He seems to be surrounding himself with people that will make him the best that he can be.  We have to break free from the thinking that got our nation into this mess.  I pray that Obama can lead us through a massive paradigm shift.

Today I really do feel more than apathy, fear and dread.  And that is so good.


Laying Low

I want to lay low today.  It seems like we’re always on the go either to preschool, play dates, appointments or errands.  My mountainous pile of laundry is leering at me…  My grimy counter tops are pleading for help…  My pajama-clad kiddies are perfectly content to build forts out of my sofa cushions.  It’s cold outside, by Florida standards (don’t laugh, 49 degrees is cold!).  It’s a good day to stay inside and get things done.

The television coverage of the inauguration is tempting me.  The boys have claimed the living room tv for Noggin viewing so I’d be relegated to the bedroom.  This is probably the only reason that I won’t be watching tv all day.  I can’t just hole up in my bedroom for the duration.  It would be nice though…

Randy, the Terminix guy, will be paying us a visit this morning between 10 and noon.  We have a little ghost ant problem.  They aren’t that bad but I’m tired of the stray ants here and there.  I suppose I should get dressed and brush my hair so I don’t scare Randy…  I don’t really want to but I’ll do my part to look presentable.

On a completely unrelated side note, my Wii Fit age is forty-freaking-five!  I have a pretty crappy sense of balance that is apparently aging me…  J’s Wii Fit age?  30!  Darn him and his surfing/kiteboarding/skateboarding!

My friend, B, called this morning to see if I wanted to order Girl Scout cookies.  I swear I heard angels singing and saw rainbows!  B’s friend’s daughter is selling the cookies and needs to submit all of her orders.  I quickly rattled off our list.  I’m so excited!