Today Barack Obama was inaugurated as our 44th president. E was due November 3rd, and I lost my mucus plug on election day. E arrived two days later. Paul and I often joke that she had to wait to see the election results, and make sure they stuck, before she came out. Had McCain won, I would probably still be pregnant.
The Tigard Library hosted a viewing of the inauguration, so I packed
up the Belchigator and we drove there to view it on the big
screen. It's hard to describe how I feel about this day. I'm excited
for our future as a country because I think that after 8 years, we
finally have a competant president. But more than that, I'm excited for
my daughter to spend the next four, and hopefully eight years growing
up in a country where, as a middle schooler from Atlanta said today,
"Black people on the news will no longer all be bad guys." It makes me
proud to raise my child in a country where that same kid can say that he
wants to be president when he grows up, and know that it's truely
possible. It makes me proud to raise my child, knowing that when she is
my age, a black, or brown, or yellow or female president will be no
longer be "history in the making," but natural and expected.
E slept through the whole thing, just like she slept through
her baptism. I tried to wake her up to see her new president, but she
was not interested. There was a man at the event with a good camera who
took a picture of her with Obama giving his inaugural speech on the TV
screen in the background. I can't wait to see it. That will be one for
the baby book. I've already printed out the transcripts of his speech
and of the poem (written and read by another E) to put into her
In the midst of my pregnancy, Paul & I often wondered what kind
of world we were bringing a child into. We thought that we might have
made a poor choice in bringing a child into the world -- that it was
unfair to bring a child into this mess. Today, I feel blessed that I
have a child born in the era of Obama, and I hope that things get better
for her, and every child in the country, and the world.
Barack and Roll, Baby!!