Slice of Life Tuesday is hosted by Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers
Inauguration Day was spent with my students. We watched the pageantry of the swearing in, and my kids had lots of questions about who was who and why things were done in the way they were done. It was history in action, democracy in action,and they are old enough now to really be able to remember the day in the years to come.
But, I think that my favorite moment yesterday was this one, when the newly sworn in President paused for a few minutes to take in the view:
It seemed as though everyone else was in a rush, they had seen and heard the important parts (the swearing in ceremony, the poem and songs,the speech),and they were on to the next event of the day. But, our President stopped, turned around and spent more than just a few minutes looking on and reflecting. Others in his party paused for a moment too, wanting to humor him, perhaps, but then they, too moved on. President Obama stepped aside and let them pass, but he gazed on. There was something wistful yet intense about his expression - a sense of determination, of conviction. He did not allow his concentration to be distracted or deflected by guests streaming past him, and they looked puzzled to see the man of the hour standing there still. But he was unperturbed, a man looking backward and yet forward at the same time.