A few words.**

I didn’t work out yesterday. I couldn’t imagine trying to be in Bally’s for an hour with my eyes closed. I feel crappy, but it was for a greater cause. For me, avoiding all election talk was not about doubting that Barack Obama could become the nation’s first Black president. I wasn’t waiting on pins and needles, chomping at the bit to sit around watching CNN all night. Instead, I chose to visit with my family in Wheaton for a couple of hours, furiously search for I Am. . .Sasha Fierce (which I eventually found, more on that later), and retire to bed before the end of the nine o’clock hour. I went to bed peacefully. No anxiety or trepidation of what the following day’s news would bring. For me, I knew change would prevail.

I woke up a few times in the middle of the night (which is not unusual, as I haven’t slept through the night in months). Finally arose to begin my morning toilette at 5:15 am. I wake up to the local KISS station morning show that makes no apologies about being a staunch supporter of Barack Obama. I prepped myself for them telling me the outcome of the election before I could find out myself. Instead I rise to them talking about miracles. After prepping for the day, I sit down at the PC and go to CNN.com. The headline reads: ” ‘Yes we did,’ Obama crowd chants at rally”.

Notgonnalie, I immediately burst into tears. Believing it to be true is one thing, but seeing it actually happen is another. I cried for about 15 minutes, alternating between sobs of “Ohmygoodness!” and “Wowthisisreal”. This is why I didn’t need to be at the rally in Grant Park last night. This is why I didn’t go to any of the election parties thrown by various celebs in the city last night. This is why, instead of accepting my aunt’s invite to stay over, I went home and distanced myself from the politcal world for the rest of the night. I needed this moment for myself, to be by myself and take in the magnitude.

I did not vote for Barack Obama because he is a Black man, but I cannot help being tremendously proud that he won because he is a Black man*. I don’t care how much progress people want to say that we have made in this country in regards to race relations. I never thought I would see a Black man as the POTUS in my lifetime. O-BA-MA. . .BOOM-BAH-YAY! (Throwback to the slogan they we chanting when I first learned of Obama at the Bud Billikin parade back in 04)

Now we wait until January 20, 2009.

*Reading this sentence back, it sounds a bit confusing. I am not saying he won because he is Black. I feel as though it may be misunderstood in that manner.

**Hmmm, I guess this was more than a few words, haha!

2 Responses to “A few words.**”

  • suga says:

    You definitely have some serious strength. There is no way in hell I could have slept through the election results. I was jittery all day lol

    But I’m glad you got to experience the victory in your own personal way.

  • Shavon says:

    Lol I agree with Suga. Obviously I was at Grant Park. Shockingly via mi madre.

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