I just wanted to take a second to respond to Kelli's comment and apologize to her if my last post came across as hurtful or mean. I was trying to be really diplomatic, actually! I enjoy reading your blog exactly because it gives me a completely different take on politics, religion and family life from a perspective alien in so many ways to myself and my friends. (And I don't mean alien as bad. But like we are both from different countries with different customs but we speak the same language. And it's fascinating to read about that other world running parallel to your own. Plus, you keep me from being hopelessly clueless on things like Webkinz and Princess stuff;)) I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings, that certainly was NOT my intention. My hope is that we can all work together: Democrats and Republicans, liberals, moderates and conservatives, people of all religions and none at all. As much as a part of me wants to go, "It's our turn now to be the majority and lets get revenge for the last 8 years of feeling like we weren't "Real" Americans", that's not what Barack Obama wants us to be. As my friend Lisa said recently, he inspires her to want to be a better person. Me too. And the venom that was spewed both ways came from such a small subset of both parties, it is ridiculous to go after each other for that.
Tangentially related, I finally finished "Dreams from my Father" this afternoon and I wept yet again afterwards. It was so moving, and I started thinking again about the fact that we've elected someone with so much integrity, from a historically persecuted minority, and I was just overcome. I feel like I'm floating on air today. It is so nice to have some optimism after so many years of pessimism!