My grandparents witnessed so much in their lifetimes.
I used to quiz both constantly about how things were before this or before that. Wasn't it hard, I'd ask, pressing clothes through a ringer or lugging a block of ice home for the icebox?
They'd just laugh. That's the way things were. That's the way things were done.
But when IT happened, I'd insist--when dryers replaced clotheslines, when refrigerators became common kitchen appliances, when man went from car to air to space, did my grandparents take note of the importance of such life-changing events?
The answer was always the same.We were too busy surviving to notice much. But now we have you to remind us.
Although my grandparents have passed, I carry them with me in my heart and in my mind's eye. Once in awhile, something will catch my attention that I know would have caused them to marvel.
Something's caught my eye.
I think we are bearing witness to a phenomenon. Rarely, do we get an opportunity to see someone come out of nowhere to grab hold and make us...take notice.
As the returns posted from the Virginia, D.C. and Maryland primaries, I knew this country was smack dab in the middle of a David-smacking-down-Goliath-moment, like none other in recent memory.
My grandparents would have enjoyed Barack Obama. Although both were Republicans-- this slingshot of propulsion, this force--this young upstart
--with the ability to grab hold of people, reminding them that just because times are bad doesn't mean times will get worse, just because you start small doesn't mean you can't end big--he would have symbolized what the two of them always knew, no matter what new fangled invention burst on the scene.
You gotta believe.
And for all the technological, industrial, and scientific advances that bettered my grandparents way of life, belief in each other, in themselves and in others and what that power can accomplish if we just work together--that is what got them through the hard times.
Will Goliath give up, will she step aside gracefully?
Not a chance....which is why Clinton stands in such stark contrast as an unintentional symbol of the past, a place where many don't wish to return.
Obama inspires us to believe once again in possibilities.
There's no time like the present.
Labels: Barack Obama, D.C., Hillary Clinton, Maryland, President 2008, Virgina Tech