Tuesday, November 4, 2008

An American Diary

12:40, Tuesday afternoon

Just returned from the polls, wearing my "I Voted" sticker. I've never had this kind of faith in a presidential candidate before--even when I was my son's innocent age watching as my own proud mother pulled the curtain to cast her vote for Jimmy Carter. In my adulthood, I have happily voted for Dukakis, for Clinton, for Gore, for Kerry. But I could not imagine that any of them could live up to what I wanted, what we needed, in a leader.

Today it is different. I don't know what people felt when they pulled the ballot for FDR, for Kennedy. Like I do today? I keep thinking about what Martin Luther King called "the fierce urgency of now." Now it is our responsibility, our time. "We are the ones we have been waiting for!"


2:40pm, Tuesday afternoon

I am weeping. How can a 40-something-year-old woman be so emotional in the face of possibility? "In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope."


4:40pm, Tuesday afternoon

Son is taking a late-afternoon nap in preparation for a late evening watching the returns. I think about my 9yo boy and the fear he has faced this year as he came into awareness of climate change, of peak energy, of bits of the financial crisis. I want this time ahead of us to be filled not just with whatever difficulties we must face but also with the hope, the caring, the sense of duty that Obama inspires in Americans. "And these are our hands; What are we gonna build with them?"

5 comments:

Burbanmom said...

I am hoping your 11:40 pm update will include tears of joy...

And yes, I share your feeling of overwhelming hope and pride.

Green Bean said...

No doubt about it. This is an historic moment. We really stand at a crossroads. And darn it! I believe that we will make the right decision.

I'm hoping for the same things as Burbs, btw.

JessTrev said...

Looking good, Green Raven...keeping hope alive! Good stuff for those of us who actually liked Jimmy Carter putting a sweater on to keep warm.

CindyW said...

When I heard the call for Obama on the radio, I pulled the car to the side of the road and just wept. I have never ever ever done that before about anything remotely political.

Maybe I have faith once again.

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