Wednesday, January 21, 2009

All Is Quiet~ January 21, 2009

All is quiet, and we are back home. It was a historic, exciting and powerful few days in Washington.

I have stories and photos to share- when I gather my thoughts. But a huge reminder to self... learn all you can about a new camera before heading out to watch history in the making...

Some have said to us- that they would not have wanted to be among all of the crowd. I can't imagine not being there among the crowd. It was such controlled, light-hearted chaos. There were people laughing, crying, singing and dancing in the streets. People sharing hand and toe warmers, cookies, assisting the elderly, letting impatient participants cut lines and all of this with a high and generous spirit.

I think the latest estimate was somewhere around two million people. There was not one reported inaugural-related arrest made. I think that says something about the atmosphere of this celebration.

So, as I settle in to unpack, go through collected memorabilia, and catch up on things, I will be posting snippets of our trip, where we went, people we saw and how we celebrated.

With only a few hours of sleep each night~ we are glad to be back home- but so happy we were there.

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning."
~Inscribed on the leather journal Michelle Obama gave to Mrs. Bush~ January 20, 2009~


  1. Welcome home. Glad that you are back.
    Must have been something special to be there.

  2. PVE~ It sure was! There is so much swimming around in my mind. I only wish you had been taking the pictures, and not me!
    I have kept up with your posts. I love Liz's painting and congrats to the lucky blogger that won your painting!
    Ahhh... Home Sweet Home!

  3. Milly~ It sure is! It's going to take a while to gather my thoughts... and photos!
    Thank you for stopping by.

  4. How perfectly wonderful that you could be there! I cried all the way through, and that was just watching it on television. I cannot imagine how I would have behaved had I actually been there!! I look forward to reading all your stories!

  5. Pamela~ I think many of us had tears in our eyes at one time or another during this memorable occasion.
    One time for me was on our way to lunch after Obama's swearing-in. The streets were filled with happiness- there were three African-American men dancing to this energizing drumming- they were happy with tears in their eyes- hard not get overcome with emotion watching that.

  6. Looking forward to your photos - glad you are home safely!

  7. Welcome home! I look forward to hearing more. Thanks for sharing that inscription.

  8. I loved your words Debra - you transported me there, even if only for a brief moment. That inscription is amazing & if that's the sort of woman Michelle O. is, then I reckon you guys across the Pacific are going to be OK.
    Millie ^_^

  9. I can't wait to see your pics from Washington. How exciting to be there.

  10. Millie~ I think that Michelle O. is going to bring a grace and fun aspect to the White House that we haven't seen in a long, long time. I'm looking forward to watching this family.
    Thank you for visiting Millie~

    Kwana~ I will be showing a couple at a camera...need help! It was certainly an exciting couple of days.
    So glad you stopped by.

  11. Deb- I am big fan of quotes. I love the quote on the journal!
    Thank you for sharing with us. xoxo


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