Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Historic Day

I cannot express how proud I am of my country today, nor can I express how full of hope I am.

Oceanus is 10 and is in 5th grade. When I was 10 and in 5th grade, we had a class discussion about the presidential primaries. This was 1984 and Jesse Jackson was one of the democratic candidates. I remember the utter disdain I suffered from my classmates because I wouldn't consider Mr. Jackson a nutcase for thinking he should run for president. Why did they think he was a nutcase? Well, we were 10, so we weren't paying attention to the issues (I don't even remember what the issues were in 1984). They thought he was a nutcase to run because he was black. No other reason than that.

It took 24 years and a generation, but we finally broke the color barrier in the white house. As Oceanus says "it's the end of a tradition" and it's about time. I have increased faith that we will see the first woman president within my lifetime.