Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Today I celebrate life!

I wish my father were alive. I would call him up and chat about yesterday. He would be so proud. A black man is the nominee for the highest office in the land! The world is standing up to applaud America. Finally in America, possibility is alive!

Today I celebrate liberty!

I took my daughters and little cousin up to the coffee shop. I didn't have to cover myself or wait to have a man drive me. My girls could run freely around the fountain at the town square. We didn't see tanks, guns, or armed men.

Today I celebrate the pursuit of happiness!

I watched the girls as they tugged, tussled, and talked through their first days of summer vacation. I listened to their imaginative play. I tried to ignore their pleas for a third snack. I read a book, I drank a latte (okay...two), and I talked to a friend.

When I go to bed tonight, I will smile. This is a good day in America. I don't expect this historic nomination to change the oil prices or price of chicken, but it gives this black woman, this black mother hope. Tomorrow holds the promise of America - a place where people truly can have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!

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