Friday, October 31, 2008

When Mommy's an Obama-Mama

Dear Jadyn and Liana:

I know it isn't fair that after working a long 40-hour work week, I have left you a couple times over the last two weeks in the evenings and on the weekends. I'm sure you've hardly noticed it, but I leave with a heavy heart.

And, for the next FOUR days, I will do it more. And yet I am doing it for you. It's all for you.

You see, I'm working for that man -- the one with the smooth, tan skin and the incredible gift for speaking -- the one you call Obama!

I wasn't always a supporter of Obama. Mommy wanted to you to see the first woman elected president in your lifetime. She really wanted that now. But, the country spoke and they saw something in Obama, something special, something unique.

Now, just four days away from the election, I have done what many women have done and we have found excitement in seeing a beautiful, compassionate black man take oath in the Oval Office -- he will be the first black president, if elected.

Do not get me wrong, this election is important for many reasons.

What many in America do not get to see is what you and I see every day as we travel around our city, where 80 percent of the children live in poverty.

Our neighbors have hope, possibly for the first time in their lifetimes.

So, when I leave you this weekend, and when I'm gone from you all day on Election Day, please know I'm doing it for you, and for what I believe in:

I believe in prosperity for ALL.

I believe in peace.

I believe in being free to choose, free to believe and free to speak.

I believe handguns should not be in the hands of anyone but police officers.

I believe in putting humanity first.

I believe in the middle class and working poor and finally making government work for them.

Finally, I believe in Obama.

What do you believe?


Goddess in Progress said...

Wohoo! OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA! I may have volunteered to drive people to the polls on Tuesday... not sure what I'm going to do with the kids! :-)

But man alive, I just cannot wait for this election to be over. I've been at least as into it as the next person, and I'm exhausted! Go, Obama!

She She said...

I believe that Obama will win because he speaks to the part of us that wants to be better -- better people, better communities, a better country. His message of positivity and inclusiveness has tapped into a hunger people didn't even know they had. They want to count & they want to contribute. I believe he will be a transformational figure, as Colin Poweel said, but I also believe he'll be visionary and effective.

LauraC said...

I believe in all that you believe. I believe Obama can make it happen.

Jena Strong said...

I believe in voting on Tuesday, Election Day, at the polls, with my daughters. I believe in waiting on line, eating cookies from the bake sale, and getting a sticker afterwards. I believe in spending part of Tuesday night surrounded by friends and community who care so deeply about this country. I believe Obama's victory will signal the beginning of us reclaiming what it ours. I believe this is the longest weekend on record.

mamasue said..., too...cant wait to have the change we need~!!!!

amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

yes yes yes we can! I am so with you! i am so excited!! xo

Jaina said...

You know, I'm not an Obama supporter, but I really liked this post. Thank you. This was beautifully written.