Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
I was on my bi-weekly grocery run this morning and listened to NPR (as I usually do in the car) and heard “President Biden” a few times in the conversations. I cannot explain how much it startled and at the same time relieved me to hear his name and realize all over that, yes, we have a good, decent man in the White House again. Phew! It’s also nice to hear that he’s getting right to work. Want to take any bets on how many golfing days he’ll take? (Ha!)
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This has been a great and also exhausting week. I was so on edge because of the Inauguration on Wednesday, but then everything just turned out beautifully: no more riots, a moving swearing-in of the new president, and his madam vice president, and an amazing “Celebrating America” show. Whoever put that together did a fantastic job.
Part of me felt sad for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for not having a huge crowd welcoming them in Washington, but I realized this virtual celebration felt so much more inclusive for everyone around the country than watching a broadcast of the typical Inauguration Day Ball. The flags on the National Mall were beautiful. The fireworks were spectacular, and the 400 Covid-19 Memorial Lights around the Reflecting Pool set the right backdrop for (some of) the absolutely stunning musical performances.
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If you didn’t watch the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday (why the hell not???), you also missed out on the beautiful poem by Amanda Gorman and you need to remedy that. You need to see this. (Oh, and the Bernie Sanders memes, of course, while you’re at it.)
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I also started listening to the daily (!) press briefings again yesterday and I didn’t expect it to be so freakin’ refreshing to see someone up at the podium who is willing to communicate with the public (and the media) without spewing lies, untruths, and calling everyone names. Who knew!
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While, no, not everything is miraculously better today than it was a few days ago, I do feel like we can all breathe a little lighter and that we can start moving things in the right direction again. It’s up to all of us to continue to work for progress and make a difference.
Tell me, how did you experience the last few days? And also, have a great weekend!