I’ve been pretty excited about January 21st for a long time. My family always celebrates MLK Day with a big todo and when it fell on the same day as President Obama’s inauguration? Well, I was ready to celebrate.

We were going to watch the inauguration on TV and then MLK’s I Have a Dream speech on YouTube and then we were going to have cake and it was going to be great.

Things changed though, when Jess from Diary of a Mom, who does so much fantastic advocacy work, ended up with an extra ticket to the inauguration, and I jumped on her coattails and rode them all the way to DC.

Algernon rode her coattails too.

Algernon rode her coattails too.

I have a lot to say about our amazing day in (and eventual escape from) DC, but you know what is exhausting? Inauguration Day. Or more specifically, getting away from Inauguration Day. I will tell you all about it tomorrow.

Before I go to bed though, I will let you know that after I got home, we very happily watched Dr. King’s speech, complete with lively commentary from my three kiddos.

Then we sang happy birthday to Martin and had our cake, which was delightful.

Sam insisted on chocolate. Because, you know.

Sam insisted on chocolate. Because, you know.

In sum, today is a day that I was proud to be an American and proud of the leaders and heroes we get to learn from. It was exciting to be able to listen to the president and his terrific speech that was so much about equality and fair chances and then come home to kids who are so very interested in figuring that whole thing out for themselves.

So, not just proud to be an American, but proud to be a parent of such great little kids. (And proud to be a friend to the wonderful Jess. Thank you so much for taking me with you. You are a blast and a half to hang out with.)

Happy Inauguration Day, America. And Happy Birthday, Martin!

5 thoughts on “Proud

  1. I am so proud and impressed that you went! I know crowds and navigating DC are two of your least favorite things so I imagine it was a pretty big deal for you to decide to go!

    I went in ’09 and am so glad I did because the experience, even from all the way back by the Washington Monument was still totally worth it. But, in a once in a lifetime kinda way. :)

    I’m looking forward to the full recap tomorrow!

  2. I could not have asked for a better companion. I mean, we were a complete disaster, but the disaster was all sorts of awesome. And really? The fact that Algernon brought YOU was just the icing on the MLK day cake. ;)

    Love you, girl.

  3. I watched the inauguration from home, per usual. Still, very happy!

    Also, so cool that your family celebrates Dr. King’s birthday! [I also followed the link to your previous celebration of a couple of years ago, which was both inspiring and incredibly funny. :) ]

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