Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I watched Barack give his acceptance speech while Hayden smiled and cooed in my arms. Despite my apathy over the current political climate, I couldn't help but be moved by the magnitude of this historic event.
I did not vote in yesterday's election. There was a glitch in the system and my registration was not received. If I had voted, it would have been a half hearted effort at fulfilling my civic duty rather than a full fledge attempt to support one candidate over another. Rather than stirred and inspired by either of the candidates I was angered and frustrated by a political system gone crazy, but last night as I listened to Barack humbly accept victory and McCain graciously admit defeat I wanted to believe. For the first time since the campaign began I saw in each of these men what I believed to be a genuine love for our country and the people in it. For the first time in a long time I felt the warmth of knowing that whatever makes us different isn't nearly as important as what we have in common.
I was listening as McCain spoke of crossing party lines to work with and support Obama in his presidency. I heard Barack as he promised to earn the trust of those who did not vote for him and to be the president of us all. I heard and now I am watching and waiting. I hope that the words each of them spoke will ring true.


Kelli said...

Hey Sandra!

I hate to admit this, but I am just getting to sending Hayden's gifts today. :( So SORRY! Here's the thing, though - I seem to have deleted the email with your address. Could you send it again? Thank you!!!

fivehansens at hotmail dot com

aola said...

exactly how I feel... hopeful (but more than a little skepctical)I guess that is our nature - to hope for the best.

Unknown said...

I think with all we've been through as a nation that a little cautious optimism is warranted.

It's how we feel at chez CV too.