Now do you believe?

November 5th, 2008

Happy days are here again.

And this is unbearably sweet: my girl, born in the dwindling days of 1999, insisted on staying up past storytime, past bedtime, to see the returns on TV. This is her president; this is her time; this is her change; this is her country; this is her faith; this is hers. Thank you, thank you, for giving it to her, and for allowing me to watch, tears welling, doubts receding, as she asked, “Where’s Joe?”

This is her vice president too.

This is all more than I can say, but everything we deserve.

America, my home.


  1. My 5 year old asked to be woken up when it was time. We brought him downstairs to the site of millions (it seems) in Grant Park celebrating – some of our family and friends are there now. What a night for celebration. What a night to remember. He sleepily sat on my lap and said, “I’m proud to be an American.” It is his America, and his future, after all.

    Comment by denise — November 5, 2008 @ 4:32 am

  2. i am blissed out.
    happy days ARE here…i can feel it.
    so much love to you mama.

    Comment by jessamyn — November 5, 2008 @ 4:54 am

  3. I believe, Georgia, I believe.
    At 11:30 I went into my children’s bedrooms and whispered the news in their ears.

    Comment by nyjlm — November 5, 2008 @ 5:25 am

  4. Hope restored. We are blessed.

    Comment by kathryn — November 5, 2008 @ 5:41 am

  5. YAY!!!!!

    Comment by Allison — November 5, 2008 @ 5:41 am

  6. Whispering the news, whispering the news yes, yes, we really are one. I love you all. I love my country. You are my country.

    We can rest easy. We’ve done our jobs.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — November 5, 2008 @ 5:43 am

  7. I feel like hugging the whole world tonight. It’s an amazing thing that we’ve all done. I have goodebumps.

    Comment by zenmom — November 5, 2008 @ 5:55 am

  8. So happy. Can’t believe it. But I think some faith is returning.

    Of course now I am sitting here listening to all the terrible propositions that passed, so we still have a way to go, don’t we?

    I’m never going to get to sleep tonight.

    Comment by Rowena — November 5, 2008 @ 6:00 am

  9. Always a way to go, always. But faith comes along to sustain us. Sleep can wait. We are creating a world right now, a world that can’t wait. I love you my flying girl who has not one minute of hesitation.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — November 5, 2008 @ 6:15 am

  10. always hope.
    we are over joyed.

    Comment by Bridge — November 5, 2008 @ 6:31 am

  11. Beaming… Blissing… Believing.


    Comment by Schmoops — November 5, 2008 @ 6:39 am

  12. hope restored, indeed. tears of joy on this end. xoxo

    Comment by Wendy — November 5, 2008 @ 11:25 am

  13. I sense the proud and excitement for your daughter in your words…she must be just as proud of her mama! xx

    Comment by pERiWinKle — November 5, 2008 @ 11:26 am

  14. Congratulations with your excellent choice for this new president. This helps to restore at least my faith in Amerika, which was gone a long time ago.

    With love from Holland,


    Comment by Anonymous — November 5, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

  15. As sure as the season is changing, as sure as the wind is blowing off of Lake Michigan today on my downtown office, I do believe America is ready for change. My boys and I were up late watching, witnessing history and being very, very excited about it.

    Comment by Cat — November 5, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

  16. Yes we can! I have never been so proud.

    Comment by earthmama — November 5, 2008 @ 2:16 pm

  17. I can breathe again. I feel like I have been suffocating for a very long time. A good day indeed.

    Comment by Kristin H. — November 5, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

  18. I believe! I thought so from the start!

    Comment by Pecos Blue — November 5, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  19. Now we need to sustain the joy and positive energy by doing all we can in our communities to help build on this new hope.

    I want to work. I want to volunteer, tell me what I can DO!

    I pledge in thankfulness for this day to look for the opportunity to do at least 20 kind deeds and as a beginning, 24 hours of community service.

    I want to see the joy in my heart materialize into a better future for everyone.

    Comment by vesperstar — November 5, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

  20. I now have hope for my 21-month-old son’s future.

    Comment by Anna — November 5, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

  21. Happy days are indeed here. I am absolutely elated!

    Comment by Shalet — November 5, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

  22. YES!!! 🙂

    Comment by Terri — November 7, 2008 @ 3:45 am

  23. Yay!

    Comment by Shelli — November 10, 2008 @ 1:32 am

  24. I am so happy for all of us. It’s been days now and I still feel as if it just happened.

    Comment by Mary Ann — November 15, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

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