Fumbling Towards Here

America Like Me*

Posted by dakota on November 5, 2008

…To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening…
A tall, slim tree…
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.

Langston Hughes, Dream Variations

I cannot express the level of elation I feel at the result of this election.  I called my mom on the hour while mulberry and I watched the returns on television.  My mother, a Black woman, an immigrant, a true Hillary pal, and among many things a tireless community organizer, cried tears of love and belief in Barack’s win.  Mulberry’s dad, a white man, a boy born and bred from the far west, a true supporter of strong women and family first, and one of the many who had traveled to Nevada to support the Obama grass roots efforts, blew us kisses of joy via telephone tonight.

Tomorrow I know there is still so much to do.  And tomorrow mulberry and I must still fight the insurance company.  Tomorrow we must still figure out how we are going to navigate the minefields that are both our current job fronts.  Tomorrow we still need to reconfigure our finances in addition to determining how we are going to fit in the gym and more mindful eating.  Tomorrow we must still find ways to navigate our frustration and impatience regarding our still unrealized dreams of family.   But tonight, the shift inching us toward a better place for these children we all so want feels real. There was no (fake) so called Bradley effect undermining our confidence in each other as a nation.  No sinister drawn-out battle to the steps of the Supreme Court.  Tonight I am wrapped in a cozy blanket of pride for my country.  And tonight we were shown again how the world can change again in an instant.  There is a current saying in African-American communities inspired by this election which goes like this:

Rosa sat so Martin could walk.  Martin walked so Obama could run.  Obama ran so our children could fly.

Tomorrow there is more work to be done.  But tonight, my arms are flung wide.


6 Responses to “America Like Me*”

  1. halfadozen said

    Beautiful post. The hope surrounding everyone, everything this morning is painting the world the most beautiful light. Even up here, north of the border, I shared a few tears with U/S technician (post ovary wand removal) about the big win (she hadn;t even seen the paper yet).

    Here’s to hope!

    Oh, and to you kicking the butt of that blasted insurance company!

  2. mulberry said

    tears to my eyes my sweet sweet love… i am so glad we were able to share this moment in history together… on our couch, with our crazy kitties, some GF pizza and our our *takin’ it to the streets* parents on the other end of the phone.

    i am SO glad that we are navigating this world together – this world that feels so much more open and real and accessible after tuesday. i know there are many fights left to have – our civil/human rights as gay people high among them… and i’m glad to be fighting the fight with you. and i’m glad that our children will be able to FLY!

  3. beautiful

  4. oh dakota – I am so late to comment..and this is such a beautiful post… but I thought of you and Mulberry on election night so much. And I can’t wait to see your children flying.

  5. Lizzie said

    Such joy!

  6. That is a beautiful quote. Thanks for posting it. Yesterday was amazing.

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