The Morning After: Thoughts On Obama’s Victory

For Talk To Me Tuesday this week, Tip Junkie wants to know what my favorite post was in 2008. I had a lot of fun traipsing down memory lane and had a lot of solid contenders, mostly of the funny, gossip hound variety (just search for John Mayer on my blog and you will get a plethora of my favorite posts from last year) but THIS – I think this one might have actually been my best:

Our 44th President – Barack Obama

I am a wee bit speechless this morning, my thoughts are muddled, but I’ll try to voice those thoughts as best I can. My guy won, or as I told MM this morning, “The donkey won the election.” Then we talked about what donkeys say because it’s REALLY cute to hear him go, “eeee awwww!” I am very proud of our country this morning – proud to have our first African American president – proud that we have come so far as a country to achieve such an important historic moment and hopeful that we have made a wise choice in who to elect to this role. And a small voice in my mind wants to add, “But cautious.” I have been extremely cautious throughout this election. I cannot forget four years ago when I voted for John Kerry, bursting with pride, sure the rest of the country would agree with my wise, educated decision. And of course, we all know how that turned out. I vowed that I would not let myself be hurt again this time. What happens, happens, I told myself.

My husband voted for McCain, which I thought was neat. I loved the balance of beliefs in our household over the past few months. Is it weird that I love that my husband and I voted for different people? You have to understand that my grandmother on my father’s side is a pretty typical motivating democrat – she and I have always agreed on politics and I admire her opinions. Her husband is a staunch republican and I’ve always gotten a small thrill out of watching them debate the issues. What better way to get a balanced  view of the issues than in your own grandparents home – where it’s safe to disagree and toss around ideas and ideals.

I remember asking my grandma four years ago if she’d voted for John Kerry. She proudly announced she had and my grandfather said, “You did what?” as if they hadn’t been having these disagreements for at least my whole life. So it all came full circle this year when my husband and I agreed to disagree and I fell in love with him even more after discovering that we could completely disagree, just like my grandparents, and it not be a bitter or ugly thing. It just was. Again I had a safe place to toss around my ideas and allow my thoughts and opinions to grow. He was proud of me this year for sticking to my own opinions, for learning anything I could to make an educated decision and not budging when he told me his opinions if I still didn’t agree. I have always looked up to his opinions also, he is one of the smartest men I know, and while I understand why he voted the way he did, I simply disagreed. It was beautiful, to me.

And yet last night neither of us thought “our guy” would win. He was surprised that I didn’t think Obama would win. I was surprised he thought McCain would lose – how could we think something like that when we’d voted for them? I think both of us maybe didn’t want to be disappointed last night. If we prepared ourselves for that loss it wouldn’t hurt. So when my guy won – it was kind of weird, to be wrong but proud and elated at the same time. And my husband? He’d already gone to bed and was fast asleep when I tip toed into the room, shook his arm gently and informed him that we had our first black president and he said, “I figured,” and went back to sleep. I don’t think he is even that upset – he was smarter than me four years ago. He was prepared. He’ll be fine. He’s happy for me. Isn’t that cute?

I don’t really have anything profound to say this morning, unless you consider the above ramblings profound. If you are looking for something to be inspired by this morning or something give you a chuckle perhaps, then check out the following political posts that I read this morning – I consider these posts much more poignant than my muddled thoughts today.

  • Patrice @ Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman talks about the Facebook phenomenon of being able to see a very mixed bag of reactions to the results all in one place.
  • Jen @ Daily Mish Mash also talks about her grandparents, their beliefs and how that affects how she saw this election play out with a few reflections on her hopes for her own children and how they will see events like this.
  • Susie @ Raising My Boys wrote a truly invigorating and thoughtful post about her feelings of elation over the results of the election, the historical implications of it and her hopes for the world’s response and her children’s future.
  • ADAM NAGOURNEY @ The New York Times writes about the tearing down of racial barriers after Obama’s victory.

What was your reaction to last night’s election? If you comment please try to be polite and respectful of other people’s opinions.

Now Your Feature Presentation: The Man & The Monkey

The Man And The Monkey:

A Halloween Story

Starring:

Mommy as Professor Wiseman & MM as The Man In The Yellow Hat

SB (super bestie) as Shrek

MM’s Future Bride as Your Friendly Neighborhood UPS Woman

and finally MM’s Future Sister-in-Law as Princess Jasmine

Critics say:

“Those are the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen!”

“You just know he’s up to something!”

“Only MM can make eating chips look this good!”

“The prettiest sisters in show business!”

“Why is she hugging me?”

“Only here can you see a Princess walking a man carrying a monkey! It’s a must see!”

You won’t want to miss this epic love story:

Boy likes balloons.

Girl likes balloons.

Boy & Girl decide to appease their parents and marry. Or hug.

~*~

And they all lived sugar highedly ever after. The End.

~*~

This post has been rated ATP (Awesomer Than Possamer) by the cute kid critic mommablogsalot.com.

Photographs are the property of mommablogsalot.com but the lovely sisters featured above are the property of Red Knows How, at least until the wedding. Shrek is owned by his mother who does not YET have a blog.

Has Anybody Seen My Willpower?

Conversation with husband last night (who was using his laptop the whole time):

Me: I decided I’m finally going to read Mayflower. I’ve had it for years now and have never read it.

DH: Uh huh.

Me: Why go to the library for new books when I have books here that I’ve never read?

DH: Ok.

Me: It actually looks very interesting. I don’t read nonfiction often enough. And with Thanksgiving coming up, it’s a very timely read, don’t you think?

DH: Mmhmmm…

Conversation with my son at the library, while returning Well of Lost Plots & In The Hand Of The Goddess:

Me: I’m just going to return these books, I won’t get new ones, because I’m reading Mayflower. If we hurry, we can still catch Elmo’s World when we get home.

MM: L, M, N, O, PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

Me: But I did just drive all the way over here, I aught to at least look at what’s new…

MM: ELMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Me: I wonder if they have any of the books I’ve been thinking of reading… I could at least check.

MM: TOES!

Me: Hey look, they have the next Jasper Fforde book!

MM: BOOK!

Me: I’ll just check the young adult section real quick, okay?

MM: No.

Me: They have the next Alanna book, too…

MM: blah blah blah

Me: OH!!! They have Rumors, too! They never have Rumors, I’ll just grab these two to check out…

MM: Elmo?

Me: I probably shouldn’t get the next Fforde book, because his books take so long to read…

MM: Now I know my ABCs….

Me: But these two should be quick reads… And Rumors is NEVER in stock. I should probably jump on that.

MM: babble babble pop babble

Me: And I can always read Maylower during your naps and the other two at night…

MM: Noope!

Me: While writing a novel…

MM: ELMOOOOOOOOOOO

Me: And potty training you.

MM: I go potty?

Me: Oh well, life isn’t fun if you aren’t piling on more than humanly possible, right?

When we got home, Elmo was just ending, but I got these, so I don’t care:

And I think MM will forgive me…

Kids’ Picks: Grumpy Frumpy! Happy Snappy!

My son hasn’t gotten into too many new books since last month’s kids picks a great book carnival @ 5 Minutes For Books EXCEPT this little gem that I picked up at Target in the $1 bin…

He immediately seemed to know that these little guys were “monsters” in a big scary silly voice, though I’m not sure where he learned about monsters in the first place, it’s hilarious to hear him read this. I guess that means it’s hilarious to hear ME read this, since I read it to him first and he now imitates me, but the cool thing is he seems to remember each page, each voice and I think he really gets the idea of the opposites on these pages. Here’s an example from MM The Future Hand Model…

He loves to turn the book upside down on THIS page to show me how it works – how did he figure this out because I’m pretty sure I didn’t teach him that, much like I didn’t teach him his ABCs. This genius little two year old seriously taught himself. I honed it all in, but really, he was the mastermind there. And here. I’m so proud… sniff…

This book is awesome and a short quick read and so fun to make silly voices with. Did I mention it was a DOLLAR?

I’m trying really hard not to show you every page because there must be some copyright thing against that but all the pages are so adorable and my son just LOOOOOVES this book. Here’s him showing you what a grumpy frumpy looks like…

Sort of… He kind of smirked right when I took the picture but trust me, he was Grumpy Frumpy at it’s finest.

What books is your kid reading this month? If you blog about it, make sure to link up here, and also let me know in the comments section!

It’s Real Life: A Day In The Life

It’s time for It’s Real Life! This week we’re dealing with ordinary – I’m going to show you a semi-ordinary Tuesday in our life. I say, semi because normally on Tuesdays I don’t take pictures of what I’m doing every thirty minutes or so and there were a few things slightly out of the norm but not necessarily because of the camera, so much as, in my ordinary days, sometimes I do extraordinary or even just different things. Okay? Let’s get started…

Oh and remember, it’s not fun if you don’t hover over each picture!

For more pictures of OTHER peoples’ ordinary days, click here.

Images of Our Weekend: Weeping Willows, Family Portraits, Tractors, Grandparents & Boston in the Fall

I think we took more pictures this weekend than all year. I want to make sure I show all the good ones so I’m going to combine a few photo “sessions” and simply show you what we did this weekend through photographs – Sounds like fun right? Tomorrow I’ll do some older non-weekend photos for Wordless Wednesday (you know just my kid being generically cute) and Thursday be sure to check out my It’s Real Life post – A Day in the Life of ME – you’ll see an hour by hour photographic account of my day TODAY. If you haven’t taken your pictures yet and want to play along there’s still time!

But in the meantime, feast your eyes on our long, fabulous weekend:

Then the next day…

And then the NEXT next day…

By the way, did you know that my blog and the XKCD comics have something in common? I won’t make you sit there scratching your head all day, I’ll fill you in on my little known secret – all the pictures on my blog are WAY more fun if you hover over the photo – try it today!