Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dear Robin

Dear Robin,

Yes, it was an historic day. Margy stayed up for the finish, to hear his victory speech, and cried tears of joy. I read the speech today and got a lump in my throat. We want so much to believe in honesty, and integrity and truth and the power of love and the ability of people to help one another and we are so often disappointed. But this night we were not disappointed. Barack Obama speaks words we are longing to hear from our leaders. I do not envy him his seemingly insurmountable task but I am grateful he is being given the chance.
We had the 60's where we made a little difference, I think, in ending a war and in women's rights and civil rights and we questioned the value of material wealth. And then the easy money of the 70's was so alluring and too hard to resist and we turned to raising children and the movements lost their drive. Barack is giving new hope to your generation that it is your turn and that you can make a difference.
It will seem too slow. It will seem that not enough people are helping. But all you can do is the task before you. The work you are doing now is making a difference in someone's life. Every interaction that you have with others is an opportunity to make a contribution to a more loving, peaceful world.

Take care. Be well. We miss you.

Love, Dad


rtuts said...

Thanks, dad. And oh yeah! On they wrote "a historic" and not "an historic." So you should feel smart :)

Stephen said...

Credit goes to your Mom. I wrote "a historic" and she corrected me. So she's the smart one. A discussion ensued as to what is proper and what is the norm. After a while the norm is expected and the proper sounds wrong.

pat said...

I've been lurking on your blog and enjoying it as you seem to have come to enjoy your Bottin experience. What a precious time a year like this is. Sorry that I'm weighing in on such a minor issue, but it's a common misconception...

Actually "a historic" is correct. You can look it up! "An honor" is correct, since we drop the "h" when we pronounce it.

Now don't you become one of those travellers to England that come home prounouncing the "h" in "herb"! Then you'll have to switch from "an" to "a."