Thursday, November 6, 2008

Proud To Be An American--At Last

For the first time since I was a little kid, I feel proud to be an American. Seriously. Wes and I were in Europe a few years ago, just after the Iraq war started. Every time we showed our passports we said, “We didn’t vote for George Bush. We’re so sorry.”

Often I felt like lying and saying I was Canadian. I was so ashamed of my country.

But all that has changed now that Barack Obama is president elect. We stayed up Tuesday night and watched the returns and I wept and drank champagne. Yesterday morning I got up, read the paper and wept again. I was deeply moved and little hung over.

But most of all, I am hopeful.


drDave said...

I was ecstatic also! let's hope we finally get some help for our health care system...we need big changes fast... let's all start working to help that come about!

mardie said...

The next day, I saw some people walking downtown as if it was a normal day! Not among most of the people I know. The world shifted, and hope sprung up again! I was in tears for days. I still have hope.