Inauguration Day

Today, at 12:00, E's pre-school pulled out a little 12" TV, plugged it in, and called the kids in from sledding. I stood there as the 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds pulled up chairs and sat facing the television. The moms and dads stood around, some of us teary, as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

E turned around in her seat, mid-swearing in, and asked me "Did this really happen?" "It's happening right now." She turned back in awe, as I teared up again at not what was on TV but at the pre-schoolers before me witnessing what will hopefully be the beginning of a new direction and the future of the world that they will grow up in. "He looks so serious..."

On the way home, we talked about skin color, becoming president, and making good choices. "Did the last president not make good choices, Mama?"

Here's to hope, change, and the children of this new generation.

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