Reflections on an Historic Day

Nov 5, 2008 by

Originally I was going to go to bed early on election night and wake up in the morning to find out who had won, but my impatience won out. I wanted to watch the results, and, lacking a TV and wanting some company, Joel and I joined Karen at one of the local restaurant/bars to watch the electoral votes come in.

I am so glad that the election results were decisive and that it is over. We stayed up until McCain and Obama gave their speeches. I found tears running down my face during Obama’s speech. What a great night for our country!

On my way home, I found my thoughts drifting to my Grandma Rosa. Rosa was a woman my mother befriended right after we moved to Fairfax, VA. She was the grandma I saw almost every week as I grew up (biological grandparents lived in MN and IA). Rosa lived to be over 100 years old, but passed away when I was in high school.

During her lifetime, she saw an incredible amount of change, but if we’d told her that a black man would be elected president in 2008, I don’t think she would have believed us. Well Grandma Rosa, guess what?

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  1. Topher

    Congratulations! I did better than you, I stayed up until 1am; I kind of get hooked watching things like that. Truly was a historic night. Grandma Rosa looks like a sweet lady, and she’s probably smiling today.

  2. momma k

    I really enjoyed listening to both Obama’s and McCain’s speeches–they were both great. I’m not as old as Grandma Rosa, but I have seen alot of changes for the better in my lifetime.

  3. Jennifer

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one that cried! What a historic day and time for our nation. Let’s hope that we can move forward now. Interesting that this happened one day after my two week long lectures on privilege, prejudice, and justice ended. Perfect timing!

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