Mama and Dad got a much needed night out last night with friends to celebrate the Inauguration with some fellow Palmetto staters.
The evening was made that much more special by some of our new parent friends joining us for the celebration.
We've come a long way since our 1st date eight years ago, at the same ball. (The 1st picture)
Shawn and I have to constantly remind each other how lucky we are to have seats in the front row of history. DC isn't perfect, but we get to do and experience things that those not from DC could never even dream of.
We are lucky.
We're lucky to live in a country where everyone can gather to celebrate peacefully.
We're lucky to live in a country where we can discuss the good and bad things that are happening, and hopefully work together to create some solutions.
We're lucky to live in a time where our children will have every possible opportunity presented to them. Hopefully a time that EVERY child will have every possible opportunity presented to them.
We're reminded when we share a cab with a driver who has brought his family to this country and they've had every opportunity he hoped for.
We're reminded when we see a nation gather to celebrate our President. To celebrate democracy.
We may not speak out as often as we should.
We may put on fancy gowns and tuxes and drink champagne instead of attending rallys and passing petitions.
Maybe it's easier than agitating and acting out.
Maybe it's enough to participate by raising our family with the values that turn them into good people that care for ALL of their neighbors.
We've joined a new church. I've been lucky to spend some real time talking to a real Pastor who happens to be a real person. It's challenging me. It's making me thing about things that have been put on the back burner. Things like my place in the universe. My responsibility to my children and family.
I want to teach our children that the world is a good place. That people are inherently good, and they should be as well. That they should live by the Golden Rule. That they should and will be help accountable for their actions. That they should be socially conscious and mindful of those with less opportunities than they may have in the future. It it right to teach them to pray for those things? Or is is most appropriate to tell them to LIVE them.
My personal faith is built around the intangible things. The sunset. The things
working out when they seemed they wouldn't. Our family being built when the
odds were against us. The goodness of family and friends I've been blessed
with. I haven't prayed for these things. I haven't asked God for them. But
somehow they've been given to me. Through God, or luck, or opportunity, or
perseverance, I don't know. But I know my cup is full..
It's a good time right now.
We are lucky.
Also, damn.. I look good for just having had a baby seven weeks ago!