So much going on, yet so little to report on the adoption front. I'll begin with the election. This is the first time in my life that I get involved in the election process. I know my contribution was minimal-but for me it was monumental. I had never before given money to a campaign. I always felt that politicians have so much more money than a teacher barely making ends meet that it was something I would never consider doing. Well. I not only contributed once, but I did so three times. I know my contributions were small bananas compared to what some gave, but I felt strongly enough for my candidate and his ideals that I wanted to make a statement. I attended my first political rally. Boy was that exciting! The crowds, the energy, and the looonggg wait! I am happy that I attended the rally in Miami-it took place in Bicentenial Park-across the street from the Freedom Tower....the irony was NOT wasted on Me! I remember when my grandmother used to bring me to this building when I was a very little girl-I now know that we would come to get assistance-the cheese, the butter, the help for a new family of immigrants: Two women in a foreign country with a little girl to feed! And they did it! And I am a product of that sacrifice-courage.....So as my chosen candidate spoke of helping those that have been forgotten by government of course it struck a cord within me. I really live by the idea of "to whom much is given, much is expected." I canvassed and made phone calls during this election process-never did I ever imagine that I would participate in such activities! and if felt GREAT. I will take a moment to say that my very Republican Cuban Mother and Mother in law think that DH and I have lost our minds and become FANATICS! Fanantics!?!! Is that the word for trully believing in something/someone and actually stepping up to the plate and acting? Finally, I watched election night coverage because it really mattered this time! I had investedd time, energy and prayer.....and the results were very meaninful for me on a very personal level. What a great country this trully is! If one makes the choice it trully is government "for the people, by the people" How exciting that I was able to feel/experience my government in action.
I look forward to the next four years with hope...yes....how audacious to hope! I believe that as Americans we are once again living up to what that ideal really means. I'm proud and I'm happy and I'm hopeful!