Wednesday, January 21, 2009

our own inaugural dinner

I felt so happy to have been able to watch the inaugural address- I listened to the festivities on the radio while driving around in the morning. Then rushed home to watch.

I grabbed Luke and Tucker and plopped down in front of the computer.

I loved-loved-loved the music. And parts of the address touched my heart.

After the kids came home from school we talked about what they got to see and hear. And the reactions of some of their class mates. And how even in our own house we had differing opinions of who we would vote for. And it was all ok. We all still love each other. And this day was a day to unite and move on. America has elected a new president- its our job, my job to support.

After seeing so many others doing fun things to celebrate the day- I wanted to join in the fun. After all this is the first inauguration that I can remember watching. I wanted to celebrate the fact that I live somewhere that the transfer of leadership is done peacefully. I wanted our family to remember that they had witnessed history today.

I wanted to celebrate America.

So out came the red white and blue.

Savanna and Luke had fun adding their own personal touches.

Even the toys got in on the festivities.

Luke said they were "American."

Around dinner we talked about what we remembered from the inaugural address and the prayers.
As we discussed the kids day and what they heard from other students we talked about freedom of speech. We chatted about what we can do when others use their freedom of speech and we don't agree with what they are saying. We have choices. Sometimes its best to ignore what is being said. Sometimes we need to stand up for what we believe is right. Sometimes we need to let others know that they are being offensive. We have a choice. We live in America.

How did you celebrate today?

1 comment:

Jenn said...

I still need to sit down and watch the DVR of it all (had to work yesterday). But have caught some moments of the day, all of which have made me cry. Cooper got to watch it at school, which lead to some great conversations in the car later, like you all had. Very nice touch with the dinner!