Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A toast to hope.

There's a quote I'm sure will be remembered from today's inaugural speech, care of our new President Obama. And, in the small case it isn't, I'll go ahead and throw it up here. It reads as follows:

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

This statement alone practically sums up my reason for following the trail he's blazing. I enjoy the optimistic approach. It's the mode I am most comfortable in. I'm not a worrier and I'm rarely one who gives into depression; I mean, given the choice, why go either of those directions? It's of little worth. In contrast to that, I certainly can get behind the words that were spoken today. I am on board. It's plenty comforting that we have a new president who also sees things that way.

Last night, I crowded onto a small dance floor with some friends and many, many others and we celebrated for a few hours straight. It was an inaugural ball that felt like it was in some small town hall. There was a jazz band comprised entirely of retired band teachers playing to a crowd of grandparents, young parents and a good smattering of kids. It was ridiculously happy. We barely had enough room to spin our dance partners and boogie without running into one another and, you know what? It felt completely right to me. Brand new starts ought to be accompanied by gorgeous renditions of "At Last" after all.






9 comments:

Cindy said...

I'm so glad you decided to go. The whole event had such a nice atmosphere and it was the perfect way to kick off today's celebrations.

aisy said...

here here.

heather said...

love the dip photo.

lil' bohemian said...

Schmancy! Why do all the good parties happen in Salt Lake?

Dainon. said...

They don't! This was down in the heart of Provo, to tell you the truth. And it was pretty awesome, especially for a Monday night.

SJ said...

I heard about that party a little too late. At the risk of sounding ignorant, I was really surprised Provo people put it on (?). Not that they are incapable of celebrating a democrat in the White House, but the folks down there are just so very, very republican. Still, good someone down there threw a shindig to celebrate this historic event.

Sherpa said...

Sounds like a great time!

Dainon. said...

Well, they did have 12 flags hung from the ceiling to represent the 12 Democrats living there (or so we were told). That got a huge laugh.

Morley Muse said...

sounds fun! the pics look retro--I like it.