Last night, we watched the Inauguration concert with our kids. Our son became impatient with much of the speechmaking, but we forced him to sit and watch as we commemorated and celebrated our country’s progress. As I told him later: “When your kids someday ask you about what it was like to watch Barack Obama become the President, you don’t want to say, ‘I don’t know. I was playing my Gameboy.'”
Today marks Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, and President-elect Obama has called for a day of service. Tomorrow, the Inauguration. It’s such an amazing time to be an American — and I say this as one who generally avoids political and patriotic talk. With all of the dire news about the global economy, the change of leadership has taken on something so much greater than political pomp.
We’ve been talking to our kids about the election all along, and I intend to keep them home from school tomorrow to watch the Inauguration. In fact, I’m throwing a party for our friends and their families so we can all watch together. As one who has never taken much interest in politics, I’m so excited to share this with my kids.
What about you? What are you doing today and tomorrow? Is it business as usual? Or a special occasion? How are you letting your children know they are witnessing something historic?
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