Hail to the Chief

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This is one of my favorite pictures from our trip to D.C. this summer. I’m posting it, of course, in honor of the Inauguration Ceremony, which I watched for hours and hours today. It was one of those kind of magical days where it was actually snowing here in Georgia (though, sadly, barely sticking) and Henry took a nice long nap and in the midst of a calming, quiet day I was able to sit back and watch a lot of the activities.

I wrote about my feelings on the Inauguration over at Faith and Family, so if you really want to hear all about them, head over there. For now, all I’ve got left to say is that we are praying for our new president. He is our leader, and I want to see him succeed in the same ways so many Americans do. While I didn’t vote for him, and don’t agree with him on some key issues, I know there is so much good that can happen in the midst of new leadership.

In light of the historic significance of the day, I’ve been thinking a lot about racism and skin color and maybe, for me, what that means down here in the South. One day (maybe soon, maybe not) I’m going to write about my experience growing up with biracial siblings.

Two of my siblings are adopted; my adopted brother has very dark skin (he’s biracial but looks black) and because of this, I’ve had a tiny peek into some of the racism that blacks in the South experience. Things can be pretty divided down here; I don’t know if that’s the case everywhere else. I realize things are divided everywhere (not just blacks and whites) but that it’s a particularly strong distinction around here a lot of the time.

For now, I do recognize the significance of today, and still go away with the joy of knowing that in our country, if you are willing to work hard, and use your intellect (and not try to just win the lottery or American Idol to go places) — if you do those things, you really can be anything you want to be. What a great place to live. 1574″> ?

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