It's hard to put into words the feelings I had throughout the day. I woke up early, even by my standards, and before I even realized what day it was I felt a sense of urgency, like something very important was going to happen. This is one of those days that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.
I was fortunate to be involved with the Inauguration Watch Party at the library, helping with set-up, milling about talking to members of the community, and assisting with blogging. There were people from all generations - toddlers to octogenarians - and as has happened so often in the past few months I was so proud to be living in this country. It was so moving to see an elderly man, and a woman whom I assume was his daughter, pass a hankie back and forth while watching the ceremony. The level of emotion in the room was palpable, people were cheering and clapping and as President Obama was taking the oath of office I didn't see a single person who wasn't deeply affected by his words.
If nothing else comes from this presidency I hope these feeling of community, of hope, of actually having a future we can look forward to last. The mountains we, as a country, have to climb are enormous but I truly believe that we are now, finally, in good hands.