20 January 2009

American

I had a dentist appointment this morning. The inauguration was playing over the P.A. system; the system that normally plays soft jazz and easy listening. My dentist's voice broke as we were talking about how much this day means, to all of us, for all of us.

Walking down Pacific Ave, a woman sitting in her car rolled down all her windows and turned up her car stereo as President Obama began to speak. The entire sidewalk was frozen. A street sweeper paused with his head cocked to one side. A man in a suit sat on a bench to finish his coffee. I stopped, willing to be a few more minutes late.

The community here, listening together, what's happening in our world, what can I say? I cried. A little. Today? I'm proud of us.

12 comments:

  1. It was nice. What really got me was the John Williams composition before Obama gave his speech. I mean, YoYo Ma, Perlman, AND Montero? Were they trying to make me OD on awesomeness?

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  2. I did tear up and was amazed at the sights of people crowding in the streets. It was so moving.

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  3. Your insight is beautiful Miss Grace...

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  4. Hate me later ;)

    You're so awesome you got an award from me ... don't hate me because i loff ya!!!

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  5. I didn't tear up at all, but it was an emotional event.

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  6. Every computer in our office was tuned into CNN live....it was eerie walking the halls.

    We gathered around the receptionist's desk watching them walk during the parade...clients too.

    And we live in Canada! Seriously..who is our Prime Minister again? Whatevs...we shall call him Obama.

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  7. Me.Too. Tears were inevitable. What a day!

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  8. I teared up for many reasons. It was quite a day.

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