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I am still giddy, can't leave the tissue box alone for too long, keep finding a myriad of things that just set me off into fits of joyful weeping. And I can't think of any one single word that can encompass all of these incredible feelings I have. Can you???

It's a feeling of breakthrough of sorts, humble and yet prideful at the same time! I am not so much proud that the Dems beat the GOP, but that we have suddenly burst out of a massive negative bubble in our country's history. We have proven that we are not some sort of one-trick-elephant. I'm hugely proud that people came together and chose a largely-untested optimist to be our President.

Optimists-R-Us! We are stepping out in faith! It feels almost romantic, a lot like falling in love: exciting, euphoric, soul-comforting, yet really damn scary.

And I just don't know what to do with all of these feelings! I feel I need to return to a "normal" life, exhausted from the campaigns, worn out by my adrenaline rush on Tuesday, and completely unfocused on anything but how happy I am about Obama's win. But I am ready for a NEW normal, how about you all??? :-)

Saying that, I just want to keep celebrating! I want to drive down the street honking my horn and waving at everyone I pass by, buy every newspaper and magazine with Obama on the cover, and spend my entire clothing budget on "Yes We Did!" T-shirts (even though I could use some new bras).

Part of the reason for my intense joy is that I feel President-Elect Obama can relate to us in ways that politicians haven't for a long time. I'm very sure this helped him win on Tuesday. I read a neat little article in the Oregonian today, an interview with Michelle's brother, which just proves that my feelings are correct.

(Make sure to read both pages of that article)

Savor this time everyone, let the feelings linger as long as you want them to. We've deserved this for a long time, no need to rush back to our "normal" lives. Saying that, I'm off to make a dessert for my husband's birthday, which happens to be today! I almost forgot about it, poor guy (hard to compete with the election of the century though, eh?). And what am I going to make? You guessed it: PIE! In this case, it's apple. :-)

Here's to Hope! Clarissa xxx

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Comment by Clarissa Kelly on November 6, 2008 at 5:42pm
Hey Sharee! Yes, isn't that a nice article? I'm so proud to have one of the Obama family just down the road from me! I will keep my eyes peeled for the Obamas to go to an OSU game, I just want to wave at them one day and tell them thanks!

Isn't it amazing how things have come full-circle since the Kennedys and MLK in the 60's? I am so glad that Ted K. is still with us to see this. I am committing to praying for the Obamas every day, envisioning them surrounded by angels to protect and guide them. This is our chance, we have just witnessed one of the most monumental days in the history of our country. Maybe the biggest? :)
Comment by Clarissa Kelly on November 6, 2008 at 5:37pm
Thanks Kristi and Kate! I've been searching for ways to express everything I'm feeling, which is a little challenging because I have a rotten cold.
I too feel that people all over the planet have helped to manifest this wonderful event, it's a new start for a New Earth! And now we can keep these feelings going, create even more goodness and hope!

Oh, and I love Michelle Obama, too, she has really gotten through to a lot of people. One of my Grandmothers wasn't sure about voting Obama, then saw Michelle on a talk show and was won over! She is empowering, yet is so down to earth. How do they do that??? :)
Comment by Sharee on November 6, 2008 at 4:34pm
That was a great article! I love the fact that he has such an intimate relationship with his family, that says a lot about his values. I just couldn't be happier.I watched a documentary last night about the assasination of JFK and Robert Kennedy and how excited and hopeful the country was about them both. Then when they were killed it devestation people's hopes for a new and different way of doing things. And now, with Obama, it feels like we are getting another chance. People are energized and looking for ways to be involved. It's just beautiful. Seems like I've said that a lot today,lol:)
Comment by Kate on November 6, 2008 at 4:16pm
I think Pie seems perfect. I can't concentrate on what I should be doing. I keep reading things and watching videos. I realize this is the 1st First lady I have really liked. i just watched her convention speech...awesome
Tell hubby Happy Birthday.
Comment by Kristi on November 6, 2008 at 3:52pm
Wow, Clarissa! What a beautiful way to express this profound moment. I too, am still relishing in it all! I think our little group of co-creators spilled over into the rest of the universe. :o)

I'd love to have a piece of that pie now.

Take care and continued blessings to us ALL. ~ Kristi


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