Tuesday, January 20, 2009
barack & snow days
we have an honest to goodness snow day here! it's only the second time since we've lived here that i've seen this kind of snow - and it's not a lot, comparatively to our former life as canadians. but in a city without graders, sanders or salt trucks, everything shuts down. not even starbucks will be open this morning! i had forgotten how beautiful a fresh fall of snow is, covering up all the brown and making everything new.
and i can't help but feel connected to The People this morning. i know that all across durham (and the country!) this morning, people are on their couches in their pj's, drinking coffee and watching coverage of the inauguration of barack obama. even though we're all in our own homes, all of our attentions & hopes are directed toward the same thing, no matter who we voted for. hoping for a new page in our history, a new page in our economy, a new page for racial equality...hoping that president obama is who he says he is, and can acheive what he hopes to achieve...hoping that as a country we will see a new optimism and resolve, a new unity and a fresh start.
it's like a dump of snow has fallen over all of us - our nation gets to make fresh footprints.