...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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

cool

On Tuesday, I gorged the DVR with news coverage of the inauguration of President Obama (say that again with me, won't you?) so the boys and I could watch it together that evening. I kind of figured they'd toss a fit when they didn't get to watch Hannah Montana, but to my delight, they were quite interested in the day's events.

When I was talking to my oldest son about what transpired today, I asked him what his thoughts were while he watched the swearing in ceremony with his sixth grade classmates. His response made it clear that, in his own way, he gets the magnitude of the day, but I'm pretty sure he doesn't feel the way a lot of adults feel - that regardless of where we sit politically, today was a historic day (and Wednesday's a bigger one for the new President, who would probably be all, "Oh, hey, sorry your little three-hour bookstore shift can be a drag some days. I'll see if I can do something about that, but first I have to work on fixing our economy. Oh, yeah, and the war thing. Big doins' ahead. You know what? I haven't even slept yet, so yeah, feelin' good you got a job now?"

Then I think he might smile at me and shake my hand, maybe reach in for a hug. Obama seems like a huggable dude.

For my sons and their classmates, the significance of who we democratically elected as our 44th President is no big deal. His race is no big deal because they've never really experienced a time when race was. For my oldest son, the most impressive thing about Inauguration Day was the massive sea of people, of all types and from all places, who gathered for hours to watch this brief moment in our nation's history, and how kind people were to their neighbors.

"All those people?" he said. "That was cool.*"

Cool.

I could say a lot of words. I already have. There has already been countless, and far better, words shared today. I'll definitely go with 'cool.' He meant the scene, but it's fitting for the entire day. I'm delighted I got to share a part of it with my sons - the one who dreams of being a professional basketball player and the other who could easily be an award-winning actor.

Or President.

* He went on to say it was cool that the throng of people (Popular Science's satellite views of the National Mall. Click the link. Zoom in on the photos. They're crazy cool!) in attendance today stretched from the Capitol Building steps "all the way to the big, tall pointy thing out there." I immediately logged onto his school's grading pages and breathed a sigh of relief to see he's getting an A in social studies, and surely he knows that big, tall pointy thing is the Washington Monument. If he does become President one day, I shudder to think that, when I visit him, he'll suggest I kill time between his meetings by going to look at that "big, giant old dude sitting in the Lazy-Boy."

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37 Comments:

Blogger Seriously Mama said...

Today was cool, wasn't it? :-)

And I'm FIRST!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:20:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

We watched on the big screen in the office. It was definitely all kinds of "cool".

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:56:00 PM  
Blogger Sailor said...

Lots and lots of cool going on today. Fun to share with the little ones, too. Although the little one I watched with is now 20, almost 21- it's still pretty special to hang with 'em and share in it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:15:00 AM  
Blogger Cocotte said...

You're a good mom, FADKOG. My husband watched it with our son. I was more concerned with the whole she-bang not being on Bravo. I had my show to watch! Priorities!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 5:24:00 AM  
Blogger Under the Influence said...

It was a good day. I was watching with my five year old and he said "there must be a billion people there!" Then when I whooped and hollered after Obama took the oath, he said "you're hurting my ears." I'm pretty sure the neighbors heard me, too.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 6:53:00 AM  
Blogger Always Home and Uncool said...

TiVo to the part of the parade where the Obamas start grooving to one of the bands (it might have been his high school's). The Prez had it going ... until he did the "white man's overbite."

That and the poem were my only disappointments of the day.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:04:00 AM  
Blogger Dana's Brain said...

Very cool, indeed. I also taped everything I could. Jake got to watch a little bit at his school, but I'm still planning on sitting down with him for the swearing in.

Goosebumps!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Sammanthia said...

I don't think my kids grasped the coolness of it either- Carter asked why he had been on tv all day. "Isn't he supposed to be runnin' the country or somethin'. Why is he dancing?" Sigh.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:39:00 AM  
Blogger Carolyn...Online said...

It was cool. A very cool day indeed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8:22:00 AM  
Blogger The Stiletto Mom said...

Smart of you to record it for them to watch later. Mine watched in school and we talked about it at dinner...would have been fun to see their faces.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8:22:00 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

It was different to watch BBC's coverage of the events. It was not only a significant event for America, but the world. I think the Brits are just as excited about this administration as half of America (cause some of the other half is still peev'd)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8:37:00 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

i love that picture! i SO wish i had one like that...but alas, i was in NYC and the kids were at school!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8:48:00 AM  
Blogger Reinvent Dad said...

My daughter in 5th grade was able to see the inauguration and said her classmates were very excited about the new younger President! I mentioned to my wife last night that I believe that this was the first Presidential inauguration that I viewed live (or with a slight DVR delay in order to take the kids to school).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8:54:00 AM  
Blogger PAPATV said...

It was cool. First time I set my alarm clock in the morning early and actually got up! YOu know cuz we're on the West Coast and all... ;)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 9:17:00 AM  
Blogger Bee said...

I hung out with my niece on Saturday and we talked about all important things that her 5 year old mind finds fascinating. One of them was to tell me that Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. day. She then went on to say “Can you believe there were drink fountains before that said ‘whites only’? How ridiculous!” and that told me her mom (and us I guess to a certain extent) is doing a great job in raising her because she would never think to exclude somebody just because of their race.

All in all, I agree with you that yesterday (and today and tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that) was a great day and I refuse to be told otherwise by those f*ckers out there trying to tell me it’ll be the same old sh*t. We’s got to have faith people! ;o)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger FTN said...

[Warning, I'm about to repeat a short anecdote you've probably already heard.]

My daughter was positively shocked and surprised to hear that all of the previous presidents had been white men. That seemed really odd to her.

Also odd: Some other girl in school said to her yesterday, "I hate white people." So she says to me, That was mean, Daddy. Why did she say that?"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

"Cool" describes it perfectly

Have you taken the boys to visit the museum and library of Iowa's only President? He wasn't a great one, but he's all we Iowans have got.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I watched it all with my 2 1/2 yr old niece who kept asking me to change the channel. When she got home, my SIL said she was watching the recording, and my niece realized it was what we were watching earlier. Amazing to think that our kid's generation will grow up knowing you can be black and be President (and hopefully women too).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

I was so surprised at how interested my 8 yr old has been in the whole presidential process this year and how much he grasps the importance of this new president.

And I definitely LOVED it when my 2 yr old points at the TV and says "That's Barack Obama! He's the pezzident!"

I am breeding future politicians I think. God save me...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger bernthis said...

I tried to explain all that went on to my five year old. I got nowhere. Glad to see even the older kids didn't quite get it the way we did

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger Heinous said...

My son got that we had a new president. The significance is lost on a six year old. Someday he'll get it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 1:27:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Wood said...

I bet it was a very moving day, especially with your sons.

& What do you mean IF they become president? Surely that should be when?

I mean, maybe.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

Wait.. it isn't a Lazy-Boy?

And yes, definitely cool.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 3:20:00 PM  
Blogger MadWoman said...

It WAS a cool day! I sat and cried in my living room and shared the moment with my kids later when we got home from school. So awesome.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:58:00 PM  
Blogger Laggin said...

Obama is cool. It's the perfect word for him. From the way he orates, to they way he man-hugs everyone, to they way he rocked the moves with Michelle at the balls...he's a cool dude.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:48:00 PM  
Blogger loudange said...

Even in Canada we had the big projector on and the lights off while at work. We sat there silently (with me saying anyone talks you die) and all smiled a bit. But for some reason I was the only one who NEEDED to watch Bush get on that helicopter and fly away, that closure. MAN that felt GOOD!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:51:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy Lou said...

Love the picture, love that they loved it, loved the day!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:42:00 PM  
Anonymous DCUrbanDad said...

What makes me happy is that he is first and foremost a parent. And for once I think we have someone who does not care about the title but the actual job at hand. It was an awesome day.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 6:19:00 AM  
Blogger Christina Lee said...

Even my four year old had something to say about it b/c they watched it at school! Something like "mom, I saw Bawack Bama is pwesident" "and he has bwown skin" which took me aback and led to a really cool discussion with him!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Don Mills Diva said...

Honestly, I think cool pretty much sums it up...:-)

Thursday, January 22, 2009 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Madolyn said...

Dearest Fad-to-the-Kog, (HEE!)

there is a woman at work who keeps wearing her (very short) hair in TWO PONYTAILS and I keep sitting on my hands to keep from blogging on Little Miss Blackwell about how IF YOU HAVE THE LITTLE GIRLS WHO CAN WEAR THE CUTELY PIGTAILS YOU CANNOT WEAR THE CUTELY PIGTAILS it does not go well with your imminent need for some Restylane in your deep nasolabial folds. I must sit on my hands because she reads my blog(s). And THEN I thought of you, rocking the pigtails with your pornhaired self, and I thought, Fadkog, that is the only exception to the rule.
Love,
Elena

PS I do not know who Madolyn is but apparently she was logged on here at the library before me and I can't navigate away from this page without losing my pearls of wisdom....GAH

Thursday, January 22, 2009 2:30:00 PM  
Blogger San Diego Momma said...

My four-year-old asked me (during the pre-inauguration news coverage) if she was black (she's not). I'm so happy that she didn't know for sure.

I love that she will come from the generation that doesn't think of people as coming in colors.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 5:34:00 PM  
Blogger That girl from Shallotte said...

I can't stop staring at the picture. Your sweet boys in their pajamas staring up at the picture of history being made... it takes my breath (and ability to write a proper sentence) away. Seriously. Tears are rolling. And I want a copy to put on my fridge.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 5:53:00 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Thanks to all of you for sharing your comments. You're all seriously cool, too!

Thursday, January 22, 2009 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger Zip n Tizzy said...

Cool indeed!

Friday, January 23, 2009 12:37:00 AM  
Blogger Biscuit said...

My kids totally got it. They were so excited, if my son asked me once, he asked me a million times when the Inauguration was going to start. He actually listened to every word President Obama (does have a beautiful ring to it, doesn't it?) said. And reacted appropriately in all the right places with "YEH!"

Tuesday was a wonderful day.

Saturday, January 24, 2009 4:09:00 PM  
Blogger Zip n Tizzy said...

It's still Saturday here.
Just wanted to wish your son a Happy Birthday!

Sunday, January 25, 2009 12:06:00 AM  

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