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Moving forward

Sunrise on a foggy morning.

Somehow we weathered and witnessed
A nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished
There is always light
if only we’re brave enough to see it
if only we’re brave enough to be it.

— Amanda Gorman
(In case you missed it, you can watch the full reading of this wonderful poem here.)

Light in the darkness.

It’s 10:00 AM on Inauguration Day as I begin this post and like many, I’m waiting.  Part of me feels as if I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.  I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say (or write) that the past four years have been traumatic to some degree.  It’s a little like having lived with an abusive man for what felt like forever and now that he’s leaving, we can’t be sure he’s really leaving or that he will stay gone.

A screen capture.

The television is on in the living room, the background noise of talking heads is almost soothing.  I normally don’t leave the television on when I’m not going to be in the room, but I feel the need for it today.  The last time I passed through the room they were talking about pearls and why many women are wearing them today.  The chatter of fashion and jewelry is so mundane, so ordinary.  It’s a relief.  All the feelings are here with the relief.  All of them.  I’ve shed tears more than a few times this morning, tears of relief, tears of joy.  (Side note of little importance:  I also admired all the jewel tones the women were wearing.  I think my newly colored purple hair almost matches Hillary Clinton’s outfit.)

The color, light, and clouds party at sunrise.

I wish they had better advertised last night’s memorial to those who have died of Covid.  I’ve been bitching carrying on for months about how we need a national moment of silence or something of that sort.  I caught part of it on the news yesterday evening, after it was over.  I would like to have watched it all (our local channels — we don’t have cable — didn’t show it).  We need time to grieve before we get back to work.  And we do need to get back to work.  There is so much to do.  I very much appreciated President Uncle Joe’s moment of silence during his speech after he was sworn in.  (President Biden, before he was President Biden, was often called “Uncle Joe” in Delaware and here on the peninsula where a piece of Delaware resides.)

Upside down world.

I’ve been watching Twitter, off and on.  The conspiracy folks are changing their tune pretty fast, coming up with new conspiracies that apparently make Joe Biden the hero of the story.  That, too, is something of a relief IF those under the influence are truly buying it.  I suppose the narrative had to change after the predictions didn’t come true.  (And thank all the gods that ever existed for that!)  I suppose the “American carnage” that started 45’s presidency has some truth to it in the end.  I also noticed some of the conspiracy people suddenly coming to terms with how it might have all been a LARP (Live Action Role Playing).  If so, that’s good news, too.

Oh happy day.

On a really positive note:  Our first female Vice President was sworn in today.  I hope this breaks the barrier and that a woman is sworn in as president in my lifetime.

Beauty at sunset.

The weather in D.C. is similar to what we’re seeing here.  Cold and windy.  The wind is fierce at times and the temperature has been dropping.  And yet, there is a light and warmth to today that I haven’t felt in a very long time.

We now have a new president, and the old one has slithered away where I hope we don’t hear much from him.  It’s not a realistic hope.  The media is still driven by drama.  The only way to get around that is to not engage.  That is my vow.  To walk away from the drama and the lies.  I don’t know about y’all but I’ve had enough to last me a lifetime.

When the sky looks like a beautiful painting.

We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith, we trust.
For while we have our eyes on the future,
history has its eyes on us.

~ more from Amanda Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb”

When rainbow colors come to the clouds and fill the sky.

The inauguration is over and from what I’ve seen, the new administration is getting right to work.  Good.  There’s a lot to be done.

There is a power in each and every one of us that lives by turning to every other one of us — a thrust of the Spirit to cherish and care and stand by others and above all those most in need.  It is called love and its path is to give ever more of itself.

~ from the prayer offered by Fr. Leo J. O’Donovan at President Joe Biden’s inauguration today

Zooming out.

Thank you so much for visiting with me on this day of hope.  I know there are still tough times ahead, but at least there is someone in charge who seems to care, who has a heart.  Let’s meet at the Point for a sunset celebration this evening.  Sunset is scheduled for 5:13 PM.  Bundle up.  It’s cold and windy out there but I figure if all those past presidents and the current president could stand the cold for a little while, so can we.

Please be safe, be well, and take some time to care for yourself.

Yesterday evening at the Point.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,686)  President Joe Biden.  1,687)  Vice President Kamala Harris.  1,688)  President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.  1,689)  Part of the nightmare is over.  1,690)  Today’s inauguration.  Everything about it.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

28 thoughts on “Moving forward

  1. “I suppose the narrative had to change after the predictions didn’t come true.”

    Funny how that works, isn’t it? I enjoyed watching the inauguration and especially enjoyed hearing Amanda Gorman speak. She gives me as much hope as Joe and Kamala. Moving forward, we go.

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    1. I wonder how many times that has played out — predictions not coming true — over the course of history, Ally. There have been a lot of tears via video from those who don’t know what to do now. It’s sad, or would be if it hadn’t resulted in violence.

      Forward we go. 🙂

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  2. I was in awe at Amanda Gorman – even though I did not hear her words clearly. And that she get this chance and exposition is grand – for me, it felt like what the spirit of that Nation has hungered and thirsted for for the last 4 years.I just read through a transcript of her poem, it felt like a big gate of light opened after all that dark muck the last month
    Thank you for your photos -they feel related to Gorman’s outpouring, as they show us beauty and clarity and they remind me who I am

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    1. You’re welcome, and thank you, Leelah. 🙂 Amanda Gorman’s poetry is wonderful. I’ve heard her read her poetry before, on other programs, and I think she was the best choice that could have been made for this occasion.

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    1. I feel relief and hope, too, Carol. I join you in those prayers. From what I’ve seen, there are still some who insist on keeping the lies going and playing games with democracy. Hopefully they will eventually be shamed enough to stop.

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  3. Yesterday was a time of hope. I started getting teary-eyed as the events started. It was thrilling to see Kamala Harris sworn in, our new president’s speech, and Amanda Gorman–wow! Her poem and her reading were both wonderful. I was even stirred by Lady Gaga singing the national anthem, a song I don’t much care for with its bombs bursting and such–but she seemed so overcome by the moment, that I felt it, too. I felt hope, which is a good thing, after these past four years–and to have actual leaders and grownups in charge of the country.

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    1. It is so good to feel hope again, Merril. I’m with you on the national anthem. It’s not a great song. I wish we’d change it. Lady Gaga did a really stirring rendition of it.

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  4. I was glued to the TV all day so I could be sure the old president actually left and that the new one actually got sworn in. Cried tears of relief and joy off and on all day. The nightmare is over and hope has taken root… Love how your skies reflect the dawn of a new era. ♡

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. 🙂 I was glued in place too, anxious at first that the nightmare might continue. I’m so glad part of it has ended. I hope that we can now get a handle on the virus. I know that will take time, but at least it now feels like there are adults in charge.

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  5. Hopefully the anger will go away – both sides. It’s tiresome and counterproductive.
    There were more riots in the NW last night.
    The anger and wilding has to stop.
    Maybe they will reinstate competitive sports in schools: important to learn how to graciously lose and graciously win, how to be a good loser and good winner, and the importance of teamwork.(never been critical) And the difference between equity and equality for all.
    MLK’s dream is still there. We all need to embrace it.
    Hopefully people can get past the anger snd move forward.

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  6. It was a wonderful day in every way. Wasn’t Amanda Gorman amazing?! I hope, too, to see a woman prez in my lifetime but time is running out!
    Yes, SO nice to listen to a leader that is planning to do the best for the NATION and not just his egomaniac self. Hope. (My addition to your list of things to be thankful first!)

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  7. Lovely post, Robin. What is especially beautiful about Joe Biden is that he sees us. All of us. Regardless of color, economic condition or even political belief. He sees all of us. That is a powerful gift to the country. May he be supported so that he can realize his dreams for our country.

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  8. Another thoughtful post, Robin. We were shopping in a nearby city on Wednesday listening to the inauguration in between stores. I started crying every time we listened out in the car. In fact was crying so much outside the co-op that I walked in without wearing a mask! How embarrassing! Had to apologize for that one! Hopefully we can have some calm thoughtful years now with much accomplished.

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