Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A New Day

i guess it was about 50 years ago.......... i was walking down a street in Florida beside my parents....... i remember this street .. this walk... like it was yesterday.. it is an image that has haunted me for 50 years..........

And an elderly black gentleman was walking towards us. Now we were 3 abreast walking along that sidewalk, and as soon as my parents saw someone walking towards us they moved into a single line....... but still this gentleman stepped down into the street to walk past us. and i remember being stunned... i remember asking why?? there was room. And i remember my dad explaining why........

because he was black and we were white.

i was young........ but i got it........ and i didn't like it .. not one little bit.

Yesterday i turned to a woman in the staff room.. and i said.. "i never thought i would live to see this day" and she turned to me and agreed.

From the gutter to the White House.........

i don't know what kind of president Obama will make....... and i know there are a huge number of folks that don't think he will get the job done.............

BUT i don't care........ for me .. that wasn't the point of yesterday......

It was a day for the history books.. a day that reaffirmed my belief that all things are indeed possible.. if we all work for it........ a day that spelled hope in bold letters.......

it was a good day.




4 comments:

swan said...

I watched the inauguration with my class yesterday -- about one third of them are African-American, and their faces tell the whole story. For them, a whole world of possibilities opened up yesterday -- they are now free to dream any dream that they are willing to work to bring into reality. How wonderful is that?

hugs, swan

M:e said...

It was absolutely a good day. Without exception, everyone I've spoken to about this was aware of history being made...of anything being possible.

That so many of us have posted about this today is testament to how much we want that to be true.

love and hugs xxx

anna said...

For those who don't think he'll get the job done all I can say is that Rome wasn't built in a day. It'll take more than four years to undo all the crap that those before him did. I do believe he'll get the ball rolling in the right direction and I just hope that whomever ends up following him in office will keep that ball rolling.

Buffalo said...

I don't know that it was a giant stride forward, but at the very least it was another step forward.

If Obama does half as good of a job as I think he will, there are good hands at the helm.