Tonight I watched the Barbara Walters interview with Barack and Michelle Obama. They were talking about their daughters’ reactions to the White House, and shared a story about Malia. She said that she had thought that the White House would be an untouchable place, where you would be afraid to touch anything, but it wasn’t like that. And that when she had some long papers to write for her classes, she thought she might work on them at the desk with that thing signed by Lincoln – meaning, the draft of the Gettysburg address. She said she thought it would inspire her to think big thoughts.
My first reaction was “aw, that is just so cute.” And then my second reaction was just sort of a chill and a thrill, to think of that little girl working on her homework at a desk next to a draft of the Gettysburg address.
It feels damn good to be living through this piece of history. May we all be inspired to think big thoughts, good thoughts, and go forward into a better future.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!