I meant to tape the Inaugural Celebration yesterday but Sky+ failed on me, so I missed it. I arrived at work early this morning to watch it on CNN, though. I only watched the Inaugural Address, but that was enough.
How inspiring. How uplifting. How appropriate. How memorable.
While reading one of the blogs I subscribe to I found exactly the situation I was hoping to hear about.
Chris from Mele Cotte, who is a school teacher, experienced this situation and, thankfully, shared it with her readers:
I don’t know what caused the lump in my throat, the significance of the historical moment I was witnessing from the back row of desk where I sat, or the reactions of the three young African American boys who sat in the desks in front of me – forgetting I was there. While two boys sat up straight, alert, and focused, the young man who thanked me was the same who voiced (positive) commentary as he reacted to what he saw. He recited the Our Fatheralong with Rev. Rick Warren during the invocation, sat up straight while Obama spoke, offered his conjecture on how Joseph Lowry was feeling as he delivered the benediction, and as he exited the classroom at the conclusion of the ceremony, quietly nodded his head and whispered, “Yes he did…and now I can.” I wanted to cry. The same kids, who outsiders looking in say are “failing”, are the same ones who are looking, listening, and now believing. It was a touching moment I will remember for a long time.
So, thank you Chris, for sharing this touching moment. It really was exactly what I was waiting for.