...for a different kind of girl

silent surburban girl releasing her voice, not yet knowing what all she wants to say about her life and the things that make it spin. do you have to be 18 to be here? you'll know when i know.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

i believe paula abdul said it best...



Perhaps we don't share the same politics, but we share the same country, and, I imagine, many of the same goals for it - some of which are probably just written on different pages. Perhaps you weren't happy with the outcome of last night's election. Perhaps you were ecstatic. It still boils down to a truly historic end, one I felt was forged with class. I felt it as I sat in front of my television and computer for more than seven hours last night, watching history being made when the man I voted for walked out to address the nation. I watched it through a wave of tears. For me, today feels good. It feels different, and sometimes, when you're ready for it, different feels pretty damn good. You might not feel the same way I do (for real, I had goosebumps so long they started to hurt), but I hope one day we're all on the same page.

So, while I'll admit to being more a
"Straight Up" kind of girl, I'm humming a little "Promise Of A New Day" (...see the wisdom of mistakes from in our past, hear the younger generation ask why do I feel this way...) as I prepare to wake my two sons up on this day after the election, and they, too, are part of why I feel the way I do today.

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48 Comments:

Blogger The Stiletto Mom said...

I stayed up so late last night, mainly from being sick, but I'm glad. It was a classy ending, I agree. I really hope everyone can stop being ugly about things now and get together and move forward. I'm looking forward to a little less emotinally charged down time!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 7:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Sammanthia said...

Straight up.
You've shown a lot of class, and not once have I heard you put somebody down for who they were voting for and I respect you for it.
Cheers to you, FADKOG... and here's hoping for a better America.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 7:40:00 AM  
Blogger KimandCo said...

Amen!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 7:50:00 AM  
Blogger Lollie said...

Full of class - absolutely. Let's hope the entire government can follow in his footsteps and we'll get the world back on our track.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 7:58:00 AM  
Blogger cIII said...

I didn't recieve a Coffee or Doughnut either.

But I did get a Breath of Fresh Air.

Bust dat, Paula.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 8:01:00 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

I missed the speeches lastnight and my internet and cable will be gone by noon. Damn dirty packers and cable men. Anyways, I am glad you are happy with the election results. Have fun celebrating while I watch the movers pack all my worldly possessions.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 8:06:00 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Color me ecstatic. I am so proud of this country and excited for what the future holds. USA!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 8:22:00 AM  
Blogger Immoral Matriarch said...

You said it perfectly.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 8:31:00 AM  
Blogger justlori2day said...

I feel a peace this morning. A peace I would never have admitted to a few months ago before I crossed party lines.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 8:36:00 AM  
Anonymous WaltzInExile said...

Only you could make me see the beauty of a Paula Abdul song (today or ever.) Now please don't do that ever again.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 8:39:00 AM  
Blogger CT Mom said...

Well said. I am much more at peace today (except for this stupid stomach thing) but it almost feels like the day after Christmas.

I am definitely more hopeful for this country, and haven't felt like that in a long, long time.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 9:26:00 AM  
Blogger kaila said...

I cried when I voted, and I cried last night. My goosebumps haven't gone away either.

The sky is much more blue today and the air smells so fresh.

Fingers.crossed.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 9:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Bee said...

While I have seen the majority of positive reactions, I stumbled upon a post where the author was so dissatisfied with the election results, they practically said that this marked the beginning of Armageddon. You know what the based this on? The fact that Obama is pro-choice. That was their whole argument. They stated that God was no longer going to be on our side.

And this wasn't from some recluse from the mountains. It was from an intelligent person whom I've followed for months.

I feel pity for that type of fatalistic reaction. I've had some hurdles in my life and I have never just sat down and declared I was quitting and no longer going to try. If people do not agree with how this election ended, don't start building a bunker! Go out and do something that you'll be proud of!

I personally felt the change this morning (and not menopause). Being so close to the epicenter of his campaign it made me proud.

Sorry, I guess that post affected me more than I thought.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 9:44:00 AM  
Blogger Cocotte said...

Gee, I watched HGTV last night...I not much into politics OR newscasters, but you did a nice positive post FADKOG. I hope the mood in the country remains good for a long while.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 9:57:00 AM  
Anonymous TwoBusy said...

I applaud the entire post, but the title most of all. Non sequitur genius.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Chris Wood said...

In my own twee British way I was watching the results roll in, admittedly while wearing a Bowler hat and sipping tea with the Royal Family.

That was a moving post. I hope it all works out well. If any Americans are reading this in a bunker, try going somewhere with a window.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger FTN said...

Wait a minute... There was an election yesterday?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Brian o vretanos said...

I'm glad that the result went the way you wanted it to, and I hope that things go well over the next four years.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger steenky bee said...

I have to say that this is the first time I've voluntarily tapped my foot listening to a Paula Abdul song. I cried myself to sleep last night (good tears). I bawled all the way to work and still find myself getting a little choked up. Excellent post.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Sailor said...

I think "class" is a great way to sum up both of them, in the reactions and speeches; Obama was as gracious in victory, as I expect he would be in defeat- and McCain was as positive about the country as you could want, I think; especially when he shushhed the "booers", I love that he wouldn't allow them to be divisive right then.

Different, I agree, feels good sometimes.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 11:31:00 AM  
OpenID blissfullycaffeinated said...

Sing it, sister. SING IT.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

I can't say I'm happy at the outcome of about the election. I hope and pray that everyone who voted for Obama still feel that sense of peace in the coming four years.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I feel like it really is morning in America. Things will change, that's for sure. Some good, some bad, but change nonetheless.

I didn't get the free coffee or donut either. I don't drink coffee and the closest Krispy Kreme to my house is 20 miles away (sidenote: what is the point of moving to South Carolina when the Krispy Kreme is so far away? My Michigan house was less than 3 miles from a Krispy Kreme!) Chick Fil A had free chicken sandwiches for voters, but I didn't want to relinquish my sticker just for a chicken sandwich. Guess then want to keep folks from just coming in again and again and getting a free sandwich. Hmpf.

Word ver: pastely -is that a comment on my complexion of late? Hmpf again.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Christina Lee said...

nice commentary-I feel the same way. But somehow Paula doesn't quite fit in there for me-I'm thinking more Neil Diamond-LOL

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 1:10:00 PM  
Blogger Andrea with the Flipflops said...

I hope that not only is this a new start for your country (cause I really feel it is), but also a new start for many more and the relationships between them.

And just so ya know... reading your post brought tears to my eyes. Job/Post well done!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 1:12:00 PM  
OpenID abdpbt said...

Hey, any means of working Paula Abdul into a post is always appreciated!

(Yes we did!)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 1:25:00 PM  
Blogger Swirl Girl said...

You couldn't help but watch as history unfolded . And if you looked in the throngs of people's eyes - there was a common thread ...a glimmer of hope.

The haters are gonna hate no matter how charismatic the elected leader is.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 1:40:00 PM  
Blogger Kori said...

Perfection-and regardless of who had one, we are all in this together. I am still stunned and thrilled and very nearly speechless-life is sweet.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 2:00:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Great post! For me, the election yesterday was the triumph of hope over fear.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 4:19:00 PM  
Blogger The Savage said...

2012 Savage for Pres....

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 5:48:00 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Paula Abdul - the sage of our times. Perhaps this shouldn't distress me, but it does.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 5:53:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

I agree. It's been a truly historic event. I'll be supporting the new president because that's what good citizens should do. At least until he screws up!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 7:38:00 PM  
Blogger DCD said...

I also stayed up too late watching it all last night. I am so glad I did. It was a wonderful moment and I am just so proud to have been part of it in my small way.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 7:43:00 PM  
Blogger Wethyb said...

Obama scares me, but I hope the next 4 yrs proves him to be worthy of being our president.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 8:04:00 PM  
Anonymous bejewell said...

Paula Abdul? Really? Only a COLD HEARTED SNAKE would plant a Paula Abdul ear mite in my head. Is that THE WAY THAT YOU LOVE ME? Seriously, if you'll stop with the Paula Abdul references, I'll be FOREVER YOUR GIRL.

(Oh hell, who am I kidding? STRAIGHT UP, we both know that I'm yours anyway, because OPPOSITES ATTRACT.)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 9:59:00 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Paula Abdul...haven't heard her stuff in forever! I might have to download cold hearted snake now thanks to you for planting the paula seed. I like that song.
Stacie

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy Lou said...

Who'd have thunk - Paula Abdul... But yet again FADKOG you are totally right.

It was an awesome day, and I've got high hopes for more awesomeness to follow.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 10:08:00 PM  
Blogger Choppzs said...

I totally want coffee and donuts now! lol

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous goodfather said...

I heart you FADKOG. I do. :D

Thursday, November 06, 2008 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

yummy donuts ! count me in

Thursday, November 06, 2008 5:30:00 AM  
Blogger Laggin said...

Twas a great, great day. I am hoping for many more.

Thursday, November 06, 2008 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Pam said...

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Thursday, November 06, 2008 2:26:00 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

It was a great day and I went to bed smiling. I was impressed with the concession speech and the first address as President-elect. Both speakers made me proud.

Thursday, November 06, 2008 3:10:00 PM  
Blogger Backpacking Dad said...

Even though I didn't vote for either of them I woke up Wednesday suddenly feeling like I could put on my skinny jeans.

And I totally could. They looked awesome on my head.

Thursday, November 06, 2008 6:26:00 PM  
Blogger Mz. Nesbit said...

Paula was just the shiznit back in the day.

Thursday, November 06, 2008 6:30:00 PM  
Blogger Manager Mom said...

I voted for Obama and woke up the day after with so much excitement... but now I feel a little bit like it's the day after Christmas and I got a really nice present, but it really hasn't changed my life that much. *sigh*.

But maybe it's just that I got into a huge fight with my father about the election and it made me realize that the other 46% is out there, still pissed, and feeling like THEIR Christmas got stolen.

I had hoped that this election would unite us all behind hope and possibility, but in fact, there's a lot of pissed-off people out there. (Thank goodness not many of them hang out in my neighborhood.)

I wait with cautious optimism for things to happen.

Thursday, November 06, 2008 9:36:00 PM  
Blogger Summer Rose said...

FADKOG - I'm so late commenting it's been one hell of a week, I and J had watched the outcome, he was right with one state and wrong on two. By the way great post.
S.R.

Thursday, November 06, 2008 9:59:00 PM  
Blogger That girl from Shallotte said...

My best friend at work and I skipped our standard Tuesday night board meeting to go home and watch the returns. As we walked to our cars, I said, "Tomorrow, the world could be completely different."

I cried when CNN called it. I cried when he called Michelle his best friend and promised those sweet girls a puppy. I cried when, two days later, my fire-engine red state was declared blue. I cried when I read this beautiful post.

Just like I used to cry when I saw Keanu in the "Rush, Rush" video...

Friday, November 07, 2008 8:05:00 PM  

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