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Mom at Inauguration: In Awe...

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"Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states ... I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham ... we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny"

the US capitol at the inauguration

- Martin Luther King Jr." Letters from Birmingham

Momlogic's Naila: This city is buzzing, alive with laughter, shouts of joy and true brotherhood, and understanding of words that Martin Luther King spoke so many decades before. I am exhausted, yet I don't want to close my eyes, afraid like a child that I will miss Santa Claus in those seconds sleeping. My daughter is snoring a few feet away, and the hope that I have instilled and prayed into her now feels real and tangible, not just a lofty prayer that mothers give.

We as a nation are on the world's stage, and the world is watching and witnessing our young nation choosing to "light a candle rather than curse the darkness" I voted for George Bush twice and, while I don't agree with a lot of his policy, I don't regret my votes for him anymore than I do Barack. But I do recognize that the energy and passion Barack Obama is evoking is unique and as a rare as a pink diamond. President-elect Obama has awakened those who felt their voice didn't matter and even those that had stopping caring. That is what great leaders do.

We had the pleasure of speaking with a white man who had traveled from Texas with his family to witness the inauguration and explained that Dr. King had first come to his neighborhood when he was a boy in an effort to desegregate the neighborhood, and he wanted to make sure that his son got to see for himself the opposite of that moment.

All I can say at the risk of being redundant is I am humbled beyond words and probably too much in shock to really absorb all that is happening ... women in their eighties, children not old enough to walk, wheelchairs, the blind and deaf ... from as many places as you can imagine ...

A family putting Vaseline on their yard Obama/Biden signs in their ultra-conservative neighborhood to slow the people from taking the sign down ...

Malia taking pictures of her daddy ...

A seemingly kinder, gentler nation ... trusting that we can different yet united in our kindness and dedication to acknowledge our fellow countrymen, and the citizens of the world at large ...

So tears are starting ... the day has come ... I pledge to do the work you need me to do ... And I trust that you, too, Mr. President Barack Hussein Obama, will do the same.

Check out Naila's videos from the inauguration here.


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