May God Bless These United States of America

"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to the stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear on cheerfully, do all bravely, awaiting occasions, worry never; in a word to, like the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common." --"My Symphony" by William Henry Channing (Husband's favorite poem)

Tonight our world, our country, became a different place. There is unbridled joy and rejoicing. Tonight, children everywhere will realize their potential to maybe one day become the President of the United States. We are living witnesses to history: our country has elected Barack Obama, an African-American, as President.

The operative words for the day: Joy and hope. I have hope that things can and will be better. Charlie will always remember this day, his first real, fully-participated-in, election. Though we usually take him with us to vote, this time it was different. He had a clear preference this time. He even suggested that his history class participate in a classroom election. The kids voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama.

For those unhappy with the results, we extend our hand. Let us walk together and work together. Things can get better; they will be better.

Oh, happy day. Oh, happy day.

"I've got to admit, it's getting better, a little better all the time ..." (Lennon/McCartney)