By Tony Hicks
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 at 12:06 pm in Uncategorized.
I stayed home to watch the inauguration this morning and decided to keep my 7-month-old daughter in the room with me. Because she’s a burbling, hand-swinging whirl, I stuck her in her little play structure thingie right before Obama’s speech started.
Now I know people want to bestow powers of perception on their children at that age. For example, I thought my older daughter could speak Swahili and bark a warning right before earthquakes. Or maybe that last one was the dog. Anyways, I’m not so foolish to think my kid had any idea today was an important day. Even though, I have to say, It was really something to realize that my daughter will never remember a time when we didn’t have, at least once previously, a black president. I think that’s when the enormity of today really hit me.
But anyway, back to the amazing capabilities of my offspring. Just before the speech started, she was still babbling, drooling, slapping at her toy things and generally acting like a 7-month-old. But the second the speech started – and this is no joke – she ceased all movement, went silent, and stared at the television for almost the entire speech.
I was so impressed, I took a picture.
I guess the point is that the conviction and determination of Obama’s voice during his inaugural speech was noticeable even to a baby. I don’t know – maybe it was something else. But once he was done, she was back to spitting on herself and speaking baby language. That his tone carried so much weight is encouraging. He obviously means it. I just hope some optimism and good karma springs from his words. I’m trying to be optimistic which, for a wiseass cynic like me, isn’t easy. But like Sam Jackson said, “I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m trying real hard …”