Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Letter to Abigail (1/20/09)

Dear Abigail,

You watched history in the making on TV today, though I’m pretty sure you didn’t know what was happening. I turned the TV on so you would be exposed to the first day the very first African American President in the history of the United States of America took office.

Your Dad and I have historically sat on the right side of the political spectrum. We have been moderate conservatives and have typically voted Republican. This year we supported Barrack Obama and we are glad we did.

I was driving into to work today, listening to the ceremony. I was overcome with emotion and my eyes welled with tears. I was listening to the description of Obama walking the path to take his oath. To think of the pride and love his family must have had for him in that moment and the hope he brings to so many people was overwhelming.

I am very hopeful that Barrack Obama can change the direction of America. That he can bring together people from every background and make this a better place to live, especially for those that have recently lost their houses and their jobs

Barrack Obama is a symbol of the progression of our country. America had dark days during slavery and Barrack Obama is a symbol that we are headed in the right direction. I hope that your future heads in the same positive direction and that by the time you enter college and the work force, opportunities for women are the same as those for men. That you receive equal pay for equal work and that you find true joy in what you do. That you judge people on their character and their actions and not based on race, gender or religion. That you have compassion for people who need it and you help those less fortunate in any way you can.

This is a very important day in our history and you are 16 ½ months old. Your Mom is hopeful for change and loves you with all her heart.


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