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Four years ago tonight, my husband and my child and I were visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Washington, DC.

Four years ago, tonight, we were laying out our clothes and hats and scarves and hand warmers for the morning.  Four years ago tonight, we were getting ready to get up at 4:30 in the morning and eat a warm breakfast made by my sister and brother-in-law.  Four years ago tonight, we knew that we would be heading out into the 5 degree weather to make our way in the dark to the Capitol lawn.  

We knew our route to our gate.  We knew that the crowd would be huge.  We hoped that we would make it through the blue gate to the Capitol lawn.

What we didn't know is that the feeling that we had encountered all weekend long - the feeling of absolutely electric happiness and boundless hope would be magnified that morning.

We arrived at the lawn.  Along with our fellow citizens and celebrants, we watched the sun rise.  We watched the crowd in all of it's amazing, huge, loud, diverse wonderful glory.  We watched as history happened in front of us and behind us and all around us.  We breathed in the joy.

Four years ago tonight, I could only anticipate what tomorrow would bring.

Inaugural love to you all,

Kelly/CJB

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  •  I wish that we were there this year. (7+ / 0-)

    It was the most amazing week.  Total strangers hugging.  Smiles, grins, high-fives everywhere.

    Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

    by CJB on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:07:41 PM PST

  •  My 2 granddaughters flew up from FLA (7+ / 0-)

    They literally begged me to take them to DC to see President Obama sworn in. So I did. They flew up to New England the Saturday before, and then on the morning of the Inauguration we took a 6 AM flight to DC, stood in the National Mall during the ceremonies, then went and had lunch, took time to tour the American History Museum and then flew back to New England that night.

    2 days later they flew back to Florida.  They were 10 and 11 yrs old at the time.

    Neither I nor the girls will ever forget it. It was like being in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

    For us a once in a lifetime moment.

  •  I live in Maryland and watched the entire day from (5+ / 0-)

    the warmth of my home, but the electricity of that day transcended the airwaves. It was an incredible, amazing day to behold. And what really astounded me wa that with all the millions of people that flooded into DC, there was not one arrest all day, not one. And having lived in the DC Metro area my entire life, that's a first! And that more than anything to me summarized what a once in a lifetime event we had just witnessed!

     Here's to another amazing inagural day in the District, I think today is even more historic and affirming than 4 years ago. Of course last time was historic because we had elected the first African Americn President. This time, despite 4 years of pathetic, disgraceful racial slurs slung at this President in overwhelming numbers by the right, we the people relected President Obama by an overwhelming landslide, electorally and by popular vote!

    And that is a BFD!

    "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

    by mindara on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 04:17:02 AM PST

    •  That's a BFD, indeed, Mindara! (1+ / 0-)
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      Enjoy this day, as well, friend.  Best to you from over here in Oregon.

      Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

      by CJB on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:37:15 AM PST

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      •  Same to you!! (1+ / 0-)
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        "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

        by mindara on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:54:00 PM PST

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