As we all felt the shift in energy, my family here on Cape Cod and our neighbors in Hyannisport only 5 miles to the east of my home here in Osterville. It was during the VIP luncheon, that took place directly after the string quartet played and President Obama was sworn in, (I’m watching on MSNBC),that I took a break and truly felt this giant sigh of relief. It was not tangible, nor could you put words to it, other than mabye the feeling after you have just eaten a big Thanksgiving meal–a feeling like you made the summit. At least one summit. I turned the television off for those few moments and when I resumed watching the coverage, someone told me Ted Kennedy had a convulsion. I was introduced to the Kennedy family as a kid growing up in Connecticut and my mother telling me all about John and Bobby Kennedy and the causes they championed. I was only 3 in 1968 and yet I have some recollection of that election year and the turmoil that ensued. As I feel blessed to live here on Cape Cod, where the ghosts of the past are everywhere, some of those better angels have made a big impact on me, hence my sadness at yesterdays speed bump in the monumental event. Patty’s father Roland Marsan, who was a famous photographer on Cape Cod, took these pictures for Ted Kennedy’s book years ago. We were able to save them and I thought you might like to see some younger images of the lion of the senate. Speedy recovery Ted!
As far as the events that took place in our nation’s captital yesterday, words cannot express the joy that was reflected in so many of the souls that attended the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America–Barak Obama! When I saw Aretha Franklin up on that stage, a stage that Hollywood could not have duplicated, singing “My country ’tis of thee”, I could not help but smile. I think we sang that in my church choir here in Osterville, just this past year. Her rendition was a little more inspired, it was awesome! The crowd of 2 million plus with the white flags waving a like a sea of wheat in a crowd that stretched from the Capitol Building where the swearing in took place, to 20 plus blocks away, stretching all the way to the Washington Monument, a crowd so big you could see it from space! WOW!! So, from sea to shining sea, God Bless us all and thank god for ones who believe in the people again, our neighbors again, for our environment again and for our greater souls again. America had lost her way, but has the character and leadership once again to climb that steep climb Obama speaks of. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Peace. M