Inauguration Day: Proud, Patriotic and Pantsless

So here I sit, under a blanket, with a cup of tea steaming on the coffee table. My laptop, with about 10 separate windows open (CNN.com, twitter, various blogs, email, etc.), is sitting on, well, my lap. CNN is on the television in front of me and my two year old son is napping (finally).

And Barack Obama is President of the United States.

Wow.

He’s been president for almost two hours now. And I could not be more grateful.

Someday my sons may ask me where I was the day President Obama was inaugurated. And so I think it seems only right I post today to “archive” it in some way. But I hate to disappoint them. Even though my parents live in the DC area, we are not there. We are home in Florida. Or I am, with C., doing dishes, making dinner and folding laundry. My 5 year old went to school today and my husband went to work and won’t be home until late in the evening. A family trek to DC was not practical or affordable right now. So here we are, its just another day in the neighborhood.

But I know its not. Something has changed. A subtle but deeply felt shift just happened, and we were all moved by it. Our country is now somehow altered with the swearing in of this single man. Hope is an extraordinarily powerful thing and the meaning of an event like today’s inauguation can be felt in every office, work place, and living room nationwide. Even in the far reaches of boring old suburbia, even in a little ol’ living room like mine.

As the crowds gathered on the Mall this morning and I gathered my robe around me while I watched, I suddenly figured something out. You know this whole concept of change that Obama has been going on about? Yeah, well, I have realized that “change” – or making it happen, rather – is something that we all must to own. It’s no longer Obama’s line anymore. Once he was sworn in, change has become an action that we are all responsible for. We can fix these issues if we all harness the energy of the people on that mall today and commit to making a significant difference in our communities, from where ever we stand. Even if we stand in a spot far from DC, maybe even at the edge of a cookie cutter community in Florida, in a home with stew simmering in the crock pot and a child napping in the front room. 

So back to my point. What was I doing when Obama was sworn in? Well, as Aretha Franklin began singing, I noticed a certain… odor… in my living room. And it wasn’t the stew. C. looked at me sheepishly – and I knew. Yup. I spent Obama’s swearing in changing a very full and fairly horrifying poopy diaper. Afterwards, I let C. “air” out some and left him pantsless. The poor child has had horrible diaper rash. And I dragged out his potty too which he graciously peed in for me – twice – while I caught snippets of Obama’s speech.

That’s where I was when Obama became President of the United States. I was at the helm of my current and very humbling profession, doing what I do best right now, being a mom.

(And you can’t say *I* wasn’t “changing” something during that very pivotal and historic moment in history, correct?)

So here is my two year old, only minutes after Obama officially became president, standing on our back porch: pantsless and patriotic. cinaug

6 comments ↓

#1 DH on 01.20.09 at 4:27 pm

Yes we (go to the) can!

#2 Michele Dortch on 01.20.09 at 5:41 pm

Oh my gosh – that pantless pic is priceless! :)

#3 azhita on 01.20.09 at 8:51 pm

*Laughing my pants off* Go Charlie! Awesome pic, and totally fitting…it’s time for us all to get to the trenches, and wade through the crap so to speak. ;)

#4 Carolyn @momsontheedge on 01.23.09 at 3:21 am

Aw, sweet pic!

I’m in that big Canadian expanse up North on the fridge map, but I think it was a good day for people in a lot of different places.

#5 fantasticforrest on 01.23.09 at 11:16 pm

Beautiful post! Glad I stopped by and checked on what your Inauguration Day was like. :-)

I have a favor to ask. I’m about to teach a social justice class using 5 popular culture films and my brain has frozen. Seriously. So I’m seeking some smart people’s suggestions for discussion questions about the films and the issues they raise. Hope you’ll come over and comment with a few during the next five days. The first post is at http://halfirishrover.blogspot.com/2009/01/first-of-five-days-of-my-leeching-off.html

Feel free to send friends as well.

Thanks!

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