We don't know 'bout no bowl, but it was a definitely a super Sunday for a long walk/treasure hunt at the Albany Bulb.
There's nothing I can say about today's events that has not already been said many times and by many people. So I'll just share with you the story of our day, which was very special indeed.
We decided Monday night that we simply could not stay home and watch the inauguration of our country's first African-American President on our couch behind shut doors. I wanted Harper to witness something of this day, and I knew that while he would never remember what was shown and said on television, he just might remember the excitement that so many people were feeling if he could see it in person.
We woke up to a crisp, sunny morning, and after greeting one of our neighbors with shouts of shared joy, we set off for Berkeley to watch the inauguration broadcast on a giant video screen in Sproul Plaza. It was so moving for Byrne and me to witness history in a place of such historical and personal significance for us. The air was electric as students, faculty, and community members packed in tightly to listen with silence and respect (except for some collective cheering, and OK, occasional booing) to the morning's proceedings.
I will never forget where I was and how I felt this morning, standing with my family surrounded by a sea of strangers--our family for that precious hour. May we all move forward with the same sense of inspiration we felt today, the same energy, focus, and determination to pull this country up and out and to help it reach its fullest promise.
So for several days I have been trying to compose a colossal holiday catch-up post with photos that I have to wrangle from two cameras and two computers, while simultaneously wrangling a crazy two-and-a-half-year-old, and I finally figured, hey, it's a new year and a new era and we should just look ahead and not backwards.
Besides, there is so much to look forward to in 2009. For example:
Reese Baby Number Two is on his or her merry way! The official due date is July 4, which we think would be a pretty awesome birthday to have, barbecues and explosives and all.
You may wonder, isn't this less-than-ideal timing, with an unemployed husband and a tanking economy? Well, yes, back in October we were thrilled and a little scared to see a positive pregnancy test, and exactly two weeks later we were a little less thrilled and more scared when my husband's company cut him loose. But, as I suspect it always is when one prepares to welcome another life into the world, there is much to fear but also so much more to be joyful about. We have our health and the love and support of our family and friends, and we're going to have a sweet little baby. What could be better than that?