The Coming Change

While I most likely will not watch the inauguration coverage on television today (I have to get some house cleaning done and those sick germs washed away), I do feel hopeful that this country will see a change for the better over the next year.

In the past, I had voted only once – and not in a presidential election – despite having turned 18 in 1997. I voted on a local school issue. I don’t remember what, but M. had made some kind of deal with me that he would do something for me if I voted in the preliminaries. I did. I voted for Hilary, but of course, that was not to come to pass. But the preliminaries with a strong female contender and a strong African American contender promised to be historical no matter who won in the preliminaries. So I continued to follow the election with half an ear, but that was more attention than I’d paid in past years.

I voted for the first time in a presidential election last year, and I waited anxiously for the results. I was happy when all the votes were tallied and the man I had cast my vote for won. The state I live in, traditionally a red state, even went blue this year. So, even though I don’t have any plans to plunk down and watch Obama come into office today, I still feel proud of being part of this country’s history. I am hopeful that this will be the change we need. And it feels good to hold that kind of optimism for the coming year.



  1. Storm said,

    January 24, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Amazing panoramic pic from the inauguration:

    You can zoom in and out.

  2. Storm said,

    January 24, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I’ll take the Clinton years a million times over the HORRID Bush administration.

    Go Clinton and Go Obama!!! WOO HOO!!!

  3. Sister said,

    January 24, 2009 at 10:18 am

    It would feel more like a change if every appointee weren’t a former Clinton administration member.

  4. serendipity hopeful said,

    January 20, 2009 at 7:00 am

    As a foreigner who wants good things to happen in any and all parts of the world, I wish Americans will work more in harmony with their president.

    Keep the hopes alive.

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