Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yes we did

How many times in your life will you witness history in the making?


I pondered this thought before the inauguration trip. I will never forget where I was when Challenger blew up and when I heard about the twin towers. And I will never forget where I was the day Obama was inaugurated - in the crowd of supporters, holding a once-in-a-lifetime golden ticket (actually, silver in this case).


Was it cold? Yes. Was it crowded? Yes. But just as I am unable to describe the feelings that run through me when I hear Nate and Alex tell me they love me, I am unable to describe the feelings I had when millions of people cheered in unison. It was everything I thought and more. It was, quite simply, one of the best experiences of my entire life. Joy. Wonder. Amazement. Excitement. Hope.

15 comments:

Goddess in Progress said...

Great pictures! I hope the one on your camera of the two of us turned out better than mine... The one I have is focused about six feet behind us. Doh!

Just editing all mine now. Debating... do I try to write a post and put up photos, or take a nap? For once, the nap might win. I got home after midnight and my legs are still killing me from walking all over DC yesterday!

The Adventures of Carrie, Brook, Finn and Reid said...

Wow, Laura! What an awesome, awesome experience! I was thinking about you and Liz yesterday...you were there LIVE!

What A Card said...

Oh, how fun! We were driving home from Buffalo yesterday, desperately searching for new radio stations as we kept driving out of range of whatever station we'd found carrying the inauguration. It was exciting just listening...I can't imagine having been there!

bb and mtb said...

That must have been the neatest experience ever! I really, REALLY hope you post about the logistics of th day... when did you leave for the Mall, how long did it take to get there, what was security like, and where are you in this pic (http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/44.president/inauguration/mall.satellite/), what else did you do?

Erin said...

Oh! I've been waiting for this post! I was thinking about you all day yesterday and wishing I was with you. What an awesome experience. I am so happy you got to go!!

While you said there were no words to describe your feelings....I think you did quite well. I got the chills.

Erin said...

PS - LOST tonight!!!

mames said...

wonderful. just wonderful.

Amy L said...

I'm so happy you had such an amazing time - and like BB, I hope you post more details later!

lesleysmeshly said...

That is SO AWESOME. I can't even imaging how emotional, wonderful, crazy fun you must have felt/had.

Megan said...

was thinking of you as the cameras panned the thousands! more tears for me!! what a day! i am still beaming today!!

HeatherV said...

Aside from listening to the roar of the crowd chanting OBAMA, at one point I looked over and you were tearing up too...and not just because we were so cold!

Amazing, once in a lifetime day to be remembered and retold. I just keep looking at pictures of the crowd and thinking... WE WERE THERE!!!

London said...

I'm still insanely jealous, but glad someone I know was there! Everytime the camera panned out to the massive crowd I thought of you.

Joanna said...

Awesome!

Soralis said...

What a great experience!

Cynthia said...

I am so jealous!!