January 20, 2021
Today is historic. A new chapter. A fresh slate. You don’t need me to reiterate all the firsts. Really, I simply want to honour and dedicate this day to our American friends, relatives, and neighbours. And join them in celebrating their new President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
This inauguration is felt around the world, not just in the USA. Imaginatively, I hear the collective sigh of relief and sense the renewed hope for the future. There is no doubt, in my mind, that President Biden is devoted to bringing his “whole soul” to the Oval Office. And along with Vice President Harris, the first steps have already begun.
In case you didn’t hear the amazing Amanda Gorman, the first youth Poet Laureate, a role created four years ago, and now the youngest inaugural poet at 22 years old – you can watch her powerful recitation here.
The speeches and videos are easy to find and Biden’s address offers hope and inspiration and the call of duty to us all, wherever we live. And Lady Gaga’s renditon of the national anthem is exhilerating.
One thing we know is that the leadership of any country has a direct influence on the health of a country – may the healing begin.
Note 1:) Take care dear readers, and may we all wake up tomorrow ready to pay attention to truth and beauty and what we can do to be the light, as Gorman states in her poem. Also, to remember, as John Tarrant reminds us: “We are born and we die. And in between we get the chance to keep each other company which is the thing that counts that most.” As for me, I simply say that we are here to help and be helped.
Note 2:) See you next week as I make a few changes here too. Warmest wishes and always with appreciation, Trudy
PS The banner is thanks to Patricia Ryan Madson who generously makes her collection of small watercolours freely available.