January 19, 2009 was Martin Luther King, Jr. day and leading up to the inauguration I recall eyeing the weather forecast. I didn't have concerns for safety but more of a concern for staying warm and navigating the expected crowds. I drove down with a co-worker and met my Wellesley friend, Melissa, who arrived from Boston. We could immediately feel the energy of the city and at our hotel especially.
|I was fired up and ready go, totally unbothered by a 3a.m. wake-up call!|
|The crowded train station (BTW it's amazing how far camera phones have come since '09!)|
We were up before sunrise, parking at a suburban train station to make our way to the National Mall. It was immediately clear how packed it was. I admit I got a bit claustrophobic, but there were plenty of helpers around to make getting on the train peaceful and orderly. I remember being excited for my commemorative train ticket (I still have it tucked away).
|The view behind us|
|The view in front|
President Obama's inauguration really did set the tone for my marriage and my family. I saw it as a turning point for my personal life and also for our nation. My family went through a lot during these past 8 years and we are immensely better than where we started. We went through cycles of various employment stages, being uninsured, dealing with 18 months of housing court to now owning a home back in Boston where our relationship first began. This gives me hope that we can do the hard work as citizens to continue the legacy of President Obama. This definitely isn't a time to put our heads in the sand and just think about "my 4 and no more."
It's not about politics - it's about being humane.
Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as I march tomorrow in Boston.
P.S. Remember Nia's tribute to President Obama?