As Marc also has pointed out, I finally know what it's like to be a bleary-eyed Red Sox fan staying up way too late to watch championship games. Last night was wonderful. I broke out a bottle of Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) around 8 pm and watched the early predictions roll in. Two glasses of this definitely helped calm my nerves, and I was excited but reserved as the map slowly turned blue. When they called Ohio for Obama, I got tears in my eyes. I was so proud of my home state, finally coming through with a decision I could support. I cheered as the CNN strategists showed that there was pretty much no way McCain could pull it off at that point.
I fell asleep and awoke at some point during McCain's concession, smiled and fell right back to sleep. Marc awoke me shortly before Obama took the stage at midnight. It was a wonderful speech, a wonderful display. I can't wait to see the Obama family puppy. I checked on Max and Hannah, and woke Hannah briefly to tell her that Obama had finally, really, truly won. She smiled too.
I supported Hillary Clinton in the primary, but always said that I would support Obama if he was the nominee, and I'm very happy to have done so. Voting yesterday was amazing, filled with neighbors and friends at the polls and speedy, efficient voting. When the church bell rang at 7 am, people cheered and someone lit sparklers. The enthusiasm was contagious.
Hannah's TK class also elected Barack Obama. Their recent homework assignment was to list some facts about the candidates (boys had McCain, girls had Obama). Hannah had listened to the radio and watched the Obamercial with us, and dictated the following facts, which I wrote down for her and which she copied again:
Barack Obama wants to:
1) keep good schools
2) help people go to the doctor
3) keep people in their homes
While I know she'll grow up and have her own opinions, for now it's nice having her agree with her parents.
So I'm a little tired today (Max waking for a bottle at 4 didn't help matters), but it's worth it. I'm so happy that Barack Obama is President Elect. I know that the road ahead is a difficult one, and I am confident in his ability to lead our country in the right direction and restore our place in the world.