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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

a day in history

Today was such a special day. We were able to witness a moment in history. Sure, we've witnessed others...911 attacks, the challenger explosion, the fall of the Berlin Wall. But never have we had the anticipation and expectation of such an event.

I watched the swearing in of our 44th president with 19 first graders today. Did they understand what was happening? Yes. And no. They know we have a new president today. They know his name is Barak Obama. But I'm sure they have no idea how important it was for them to see.

As we drove home from Lubbock yesterday, we listened to talk radio about the upcoming inauguration. While I am so excited about what is in store for our country, many are not. And I sympathize with their point of view, even though I don't share it. But despite which side you stand on, I hope that we all were moved and thankful that our country has reached this landmark. It's one I thought I would see in my lifetime, but not for a long, long time. Praise God for getting us here!
As I watched the oath being given, I couldn't help but tear up a little bit. My mom remembers the moonlanding and the assasination of Kennedy. My kiddos will remember this. It makes me so excited for them!!!


Rebecca said...

We had a teacher work day today, but they turned it on in the library, so many of us were up there watching it. I didn't vote for Obama, but I'm not upset that he's the prez. I'm looking forward to see what he has in store.

Penny said...

Amazing today! Hopefully those first graders will never remember or know a time where days like today are a rarity. Hopefully they'll grow up in a time where more doors are opened for 'minorities' and that there will be no 'minority'! PS- check out my blog later this week- I was at the Bush Homecoming in Midland today!