My daughter and I requested tickets from our senators to the inauguration, but we didn't receive them. I resigned myself to staying home and not attending this history-making event. About 5 days ago, my daughter got an email from her former firm, saying that they had secured tickets for anyone who wanted them. She called to offer me one, but I had to say no. I had made several appointments and obligations since deciding that I was not going to go - and it was just too late to change all those things.
Deciding to stay home was difficult; standing on the frigid, windy streets in downtown DC for hours on end, with millions of people jockeying for position and no bathrooms, except for dirty porta potties, eating food sold by vendors who charge quadruple what it is worth (if not more) sounds enticing, doesn't it? But I gave all that up to watch it from the comfort of my recliner.
Hush! I can too make the tough decisions!!
Now I hope you will all join me in welcoming Barack Obama to the job of President and praying that his deliberations and decisions will be well thought out, intelligent and compassionate.