Wednesday, January 21

Turn out the lights, the party's over.......

Yes, the end of a very auspicious day has come. The President and the First Lady have danced their last dance of the Inaugural Ball extravaganza and so it's time to say goodnight........almost.

The news media has given their thoughts all day long so I am going to add mine before I toddle off to bed. A day like today will never come again in my lifetime, I am sure so I must share my thoughts. I just have to say that I thought today was just about as historic as a day could be. From the time our country was born, when we fought for freedom from the British, who would have thought it would take more than 200 years to see true equality in our country! Or that it would take more than 100 years to see the vote for women and Native Americans! And the Voting Rights Act that attempted to make it more clear wasn't enacted until 1965! What a long journey it was. And so, yes, we have come a long way, baby, but there is also a long way to go. President Obama has his work cut out for him but if there is one thing that is obvious about him....it is that he is ready to do the job. Oh, Martin Luther King would surely be proud of what transpired these last few months and culminated in today's celebration. And whatever your political leanings, you can be proud of the United States today. Hundreds and thousands of people have been given hope and perhaps that alone will give them cause to contribute their own talents and gifts to caring for the future of this country. As a baby boomer, it is good to see that "the torch will pass" to another generation.

When I look back, I see myself in the 60's, a young girl from a small town in central Iowa. It was a good life. I recall the hope that my parents saw in JFK and then the sadness that came with his death. I started high school one month after Martin Luther King delivered his "I have a dream" speech. I always believed that the day would come when the color of one's skin did not matter. Perhaps I was idealistic.
In the spring of 1968 Martin Luther King was assassinated and I think that for many people hope died or "withered on the vine". Only two months later Bobby Kennedy would be gone and it was hard to understand what was going on in our country. I was 19 and in the fall of that year I married, and then I saw "first-hand" the racism that Martin Luther King and others experienced all their lives. My husband was in the Air Force and assigned to Keesler AFB in Mississippi the summer of 1969. It was a very different place from where I grew up. I can still see in my mind so very clearly the first time I encountered bathrooms that said "men", "women", "colored". It made me so sad. I had never chosen my friends by their race or color. I chose them then, and now, by their laugh, their smile, their authenticity and by their encouragement and love. If you are fortunate to have friends and relationships, who cares the color of their skin, the accent they may speak with, the country where they were born or their religion? I am just glad I have friends and family! I dream that one day our heritage will be a thing of pride but not a barrier. I hope that Martin Luther King is smiling with Joy that perhaps sooner than he dreamed there is an African American in the White House. And yes, I voted for Obama and not because of his race but if I had to say why in one word, it would be "change"....and hope......and the fact that he, too, dreamed and he dreamed big just like Martin Luther King. Dreams and hope in tomorrow are the stuff that keep us going from day to day.

And humor helps in the "day to day", too. I watched a piece on Entertainment Tonight where the First Couple told how they met and what attracted them to each other. Clearly a sense of humor was high on the list and it is obvious that they are relaxed with one another and enjoy each other's company. So in the spirit of celebration and providing some humor, I decided to "dress" for dinner and celebrate like everyone in Washington, D.C. I went to my closet to see what I might have that would be appropriate and came up with this number that I bought at a garage sale when I was home visiting my mom this past summer. I am sure it's a little matronly but I added some "bling" with some vintage rhinestone jewelry (if they were diamonds I wouldn't be cooking, we'd be dining out!), put on some make-up, fluffed my hair, stepped into my black patent leather heels and I was ready for a dance..........but instead, as you can see in the photo, I am cooking. Well, warming up left-over homemade beef stew actually, and there are hot biscuits in the oven (definitely down-home food) for our supper. When my husband walked in from work, he did a "double-take" and asked where I was going? "No where, I'm celebrating and have dressed for the Inaugural Ball. Quick, take my picture so I can use it on my blog." He humored me and took the picture but not before he started to take just a "head shot" and I said "no, take a full view" and he said "but you'll look short." And I laughed and said "but I am short". I guess there's a sense of humor at work in our house, too. It surely does help!! Hope there is humor in your house and hope in your heart.
I leave you with my favorite quote from Martin Luther King and then I am turning out the lights and off to dream.............

Sandi


In the words of, and in a call to action, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ...........

".......we must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith but superstition."

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22 comments:

Jeanette said...

Good on you Sandi. You look very lovely. Jeanette

jannimary said...

My hubby Mick and I just read your post. What you have said means more to us than all the media coverage we have been receiving here in Australia. You should be very proud to be an American and we are glad you celebrated in formal style.

Mick wants to know how was the stew?

Janice & Mick

Pat said...

WONDERFUL post, Sandi...and how CUTE to dress up like that for dinner on inauguration day. You look spectacular. LOVE your kitchen, too!

RachelJane said...

Beautiful, Sandi. You look fantastic. This British girl living in Canada celebrated with all of you! I had tears in my eyes when Obama took the oath.

Mary L. said...

Beautifully written, Sandi! I feel just as you do. And have I previously asked you where in central Iowa you grew up? I'm from NE Iowa..though I always think of it as central. Been gone for 22 years but it is still home.

You look great dressed up for the day. We heated up leftover beef stew also but I was wearing sweats.

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

You look very lovely.
Teresa

tami said...

What fun!
I am also so very pleased with our new president. (doesn't that sound great) This is the first presidential election I have been involved in where I have had absolutely no doubt as to my choice. I even campaigned and convinced others to vote for him. I too have a feeling of hope. I think he makes us, as a country, all feel like we want to come together and take responsibility for ourselves and our communities. That together we can make things better. I think his greatest strenght is his ability to inspire others and I am looking forward to doing my part.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Very thoughtful post Sandi. Cute picture. Good for you. I think we should look at every inauguration with more interest and more expectation. More like a coronation! There are so many hopes in the hearts of AMericans right now. I pray that they may be realized.

xashee's corner said...

Yes our new President doesn't only have the issues he is faced with, he is taking on the REMAKING of America as well! i, too, believe President Obama has somehow restored pride and hope for this country, in ALOT of people!
My oldest sister taught me the meaning of acceptance, as she adopted children of MANY races!
i LOVE your humor and dressing for the occasion!! How WONDERFUL! :D
We, bloggers have such understanding husbands to take our photos for our blogs! Gotta LOVE them!! :D My hubby and i laugh daily! a sense of humor is very important and good medicine too! :D
Thank you, too, for the chance at your giveaway, i forgot to thank you yesterday! :D hope you have a LOVELY day!

Ruby said...

Thank you for your beautifully written post.

Peggy said...

I watched all of the inauguration on the Tv news here, it certainly is an historic day for America and the rest of the world.I agree with all of the sentiments in your post.
Your outfit for dinner does not look matronly just very classic and elegant

Heather said...

Sandi, what a beautiful post. My eyes are tearing up all over again. Thank you for being such a kind and wonderful lady. I'm so happy to have "met" you. ;o)

Fiona said...

Great post, Sandi, and how fabulous to dress up to celebrate.

annmarie said...

I just start reading your blog. You sound like a wonderful person. Your commentary on the inauguration is great. Yur inauguation get-up even better. How cool is that? Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading your blog daily. annmarie

knitwit said...

Sandi you look lovely. Did your husband follow suit and Dress for Dinner too!
Your comments today are so heart warming. President Obama has raised the hopes of people all over the World not just in your country.
As an older than baby boomer I too am pleased to see a new generation taking on the leadership of the World.
From Ruth in Canada

Spanish Princess said...

Yes, it was a historic day and we can all look back and say we were there. Maybe it will offer us the chance to come together united just like we did on Sept. 11 and after Hurricane Katrina.

Pat said...

What a great day it is. Your post is so well written. I love the second part of it. You looked lovely warming your stew. I am proud to be an American today!

Sweet P said...

What a wonderful spur of the moment decision to dress up for dinner. You look wonderful!

Nihal said...

''..asked where I was going? "No where, I'm celebrating and have dressed for the Inaugural Ball. Quick, take my picture so I can use it on my blog.''

Hahaaaa, cool, unexpectedly cool.. :)))
Hey Sandi, believe or not, I LOVE you, you are xtraordinary lady! Your sense of humor makes me always smiling here, in front of this cold screen:)
Superrr! To be dressed up for the night and .. my God, what an inspiration you had:) I'm fighting against a bad flu nowadays, your article helps me a lot:)
Yes, agree w/ you, I too dream that your heritage will be a thing of pride but not a barrier. Your American identity will gain more respectful fame, just like in the past, before Bush period.
In the meantime, I made a 'dive' in new cabinet:) First, go to put your kettle on then pop over my page.

Warm greetings from wonderfully sunny, bright, blue Istanbul skies to you~~

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Sandi.... I just found your blog through Julie. I am thoroughly moved by what you shared. It couldn't have been stated anymore lovlier than that, and you look smashing in your inaugural ball gown :o) How fun!

Colleen

Amanda said...

I love how you dressed up to celebrate the day! You look beautiful!

Ms. Jan said...

Sandi, I love that you dressed up for the inauguration--what a great way to celebrate on your own! Inauguration day was our 13th wedding anniversary and I'm so glad we got to celebrate our special day with Barak and Michelle Obama's. Thanks for a great post that summed up many of my feelings too.
jan

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