T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
We are now just one week away from Inauguration. And apparently in preparation for next week's early morning pilgrimage, I woke this morning at 4am. Ouch.
The day will be one of contrasts. Pomp and circumstance + the first day of a very tough job.
Where this country's been + where we are heading.
Tradition from many years back + this day in real time. People here from all over the country + the world watching it. Nostalgia of the moment + razor sharp security. Our country is full of contrasts. It is not perfect. Our new president is fallible. We have had less than shining moments ourselves. But it is in our 'potential' where we gain the strength and perseverance to continue, to move forward.
I picture our democracy like Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws. Drama. Maybe conflict. But you love them. You come together. They are family. There are traditional dishes and attempts at new ones. And while the tradition has gone on for years upon years. You all just gather together on that day. In real time. You bless the food and the people. And you get on with it.
Living in DC for over three years now, I've found myself really caught up in the history of this moment. First as an Inauguration, period. But also the layered profoundness of what this inauguration represents. I'm excited. Proud. Reflective.
Embracing our imperfections and our potential, and with all of our differences, my hope for that day is that it more closely resembles Chicago's crowd on the night of the Election Day speech in Grant Park, than the crowds at Walmart on the day after Christmas.
This is a shining moment for us all. The world is watching.
Come to the table.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins