What a great thing it was to see 2 Million people trampling the lawn at the National Mall in Washington DC overnight.
Next Tuesday is the 3 year anniversary of the day I left to go and live in Washington for a year. It was a roller-coaster of a year. I slept in more beds than I can count, met more people than I remember, and drank more bad American beer than brain cells I lost. But the one thing that stood out from that year is my perception of the everyday American. They are friendly, honest, open and more than willing to invite you to a party or dinner only an hour after meeting them.
It was this generosity from a country that was under the cloud of war and a president with language difficulties that left a timeless mark on me and continues to nip at my internal heels to return.
And I will return….one day…..to New York, to Washington, to Virginia plus all the places I haven’t been, because it is a very vast land, and the small taste I got was barely enough to show me what the country had to offer.
And at least now, when I go back, there will be a renewed hope and optimism from a country that, for 8 years was in the thick of a grey haze promoted by an administration that didn’t allow it’s citizens a voice or a clear view into the future.
His speech contained the words “Nation”, “America”, “every”, “people” and “new” the most.
It’s a ‘new day for every person in the nation of America’, but as we know, the effects will be felt around the world.
Here’s a cool tag cloud of the words that featured in his inauguration address:
Time to look forward….