There is no other place I would rather be today.
There is no other life I would rather be living and no other history I would rather call my own today.
It is a blessing to be living here now. I feel nothing but sheer joy! Yes!
I have never felt the unity that surged within me when I looked at TV screen and they showed his grandmother rejoicing in Kenya - when was the last time the world celebrated an American election?
And all the people, who envisioned this day decades, centuries ago...
And watching Rev. Jesse Jackson weeping....
And having friends and strangers hold me up and embrace me when I was too shocked to stand up and my heart was releasing that heaviness...
And my to my fellow Floridians who came through! Yes!
Seven years ago, I stood on the corner of Dekalb and South Elliot, crying on the shoulders of a woman I didn't know and feeling absolutely terrified and helpless. This morning, an older woman and I nodded and smiled at each other, and then I just started tearing up again. She held my hand on the train to work this morning, as I cried some more. My students greeted me with more smiles and cheers and hugs and stories of they rejoiced with their families. "I couldn't wait to see you today Miss B!" It was an honor to be their teacher today and watch them feel triumphant... Yes!
Today is a defining moment in so many lives. It's the sweetest*, most delicious day and it's been a long, long, long time comin'. Yes! Yes! Yes!
*I know it's bittersweet in Cali, though. I can't believe that horrible Prop 8 passed, just can't believe it.