If I wasn’t a mother, would this day mean as much to me?
If I wasn’t a mother, would the words “hope for the future” make me cry?
If I wasn’t a mother, would I have been as excited to sit at home on my couch in my sweats as my son napped to listen to this?
If I wasn’t a mother, would I clap as loud and smile as big?
I’ve never set out to make this blog political, nor do I intend to do so now. However, I can’t help but document just how I feel right now, and how I *think* a lot of other parents may feel, as well. Because, Republican or Democrat, there is a spirit of hope and change right now that I don’t think many of us can ever remember experiencing. And, while I know that if I were childfree, I would STILL be excited about this day, I don’t know that it would touch me so deeply. I don’t know that the gravity of today would make me think about not only how much this means in my lifetime, but how much it means for my child, and his possible future children.
I know that we can’t predict the future, and that President Obama’s actions remain to prove his reputation that preceeds him. I know that we can’t live in an idealistic society that believes that the hard work is over, that this act in and of itself will change everything. I know the real work is just beginning. But, just for today, I will bask in this feeling. I will tell my son that today is a new beginning, and that it’s up to my generation and his to see this hope become the reality of our future.
Edited to add my apology below:
I certainly didn’t mean to imply that this would mean any less to people who don’t have children. I can see this for the monumental victory that it is as a whole, for all people, not just my children and theirs.
My point was merely a question for myself. Would *I* feel differently? Because, as only I can know, I do feel different after becoming a mother. Does that make me better or worse? No. It just makes me different.
My apologies if I offended anyone.
Kendall is 8 months, 2 weeks and 4 days old.