Monday, July 16, 2012

Presidential Visit.

A different kind of list, but still counting.  

1000 Gifts #852 - #859

The President came to Roanoke Friday night.  It was interesting to see little 'ole Roanoke transform. into. a. very. busy. place. 

It was pretty exciting watching the streets close down and crowds pick up.  The patriotic clothing and painted hair, well that was just fun.

I was thankful to walk around town with friends trying to identify secret service and see Old Glory waving. 

Espie & Me- backside of stage

Espie & Verna

I'm told (well, not personally) that 3000 or so people crowded into downtown to see or hear or just be part of the event.

I know politics gets everybody fired up- isn't that part of what makes America great.  We don't have to agree.  I'm thankful that we still have the freedom to vote.  To choose.  To have our own opinions.  Thankful,  as I think more about our country and less about the man.

Obstructed and guarded view from what was to be the front of the stage

I wrote my Salutatorian speech on Martin Luther King, and the freedom to dream.  But, since we are a multi-racial family and I'm momma to brown boys now,  I think more about slavery, racism and equal rights more than before. 

Watching from my window at work- about 7 hours
before event scheduled start time.

I'm thankful and proud to live in a country that has moved from slavery to electing an African American President of the United States.

It makes me thankful, and hopeful that one day my boys will have even more freedom and less prejudice than they face today.

Believe it or not people, it ain't gone yet. If you doubt that, just listen closely when the President comes to your town.

What 'ya thankful for?

1 comment:

  1. Being a momma to brown girls, I totally get what you are saying about the racism thing. It definitely isn't over!


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