My 5 1/2 year-old son, Kyle, wants to be the kindergarten news reporter for the inauguration, so we're off to D.C. on January 17. Kyle's been making practice videos where he explains in kids' terms about the inauguration. (He says it like an assembly at school, but for the president). At 5, he expresses very well his heartfelt belief that children should know about their government. The questions he asks about how things work would blow you away. Kyle loves to watch Anderson Cooper (on appropriate stories) to learn how to report the news. I love doing that with him.
Kyle was so interested in the election and asked such probing questions about our leaders and our government that I cashed in frequent-flier miles and got tickets for he and I to go from Arizona to D.C. for the inauguration experience (my sister has a studio apartment on Capitol Hill). We don't have tickets to any events, and while I was so tempted to try and get parade tickets from a scalper (because Kyle really wants to "report" on the parade), the idea of feeding the exploiters seems to taint the purity of this occasion and his genuine excitement about it. Instead, I hope to capture his "news reports" out and about the crowd, edit them and post them online. He will also share them with his school.
I can't wait to experience America's big day through his eyes! His enthusiasm is contagious. We return to Arizona on January 21, after which I am blessed to start a new job after being laid off on January 9. Change for me, change for the country...with God's blessings, all good, I am convinced.
— Catherine Bowman from Mesa, Arizona
My plan is simple—a two-person bash. My husband and I are going to watch every possible moment on television. We can't get away to the actual event, but quite honestly I think we'll see more by staying put and watching. We'll pet the cats and dog—Poppy, Maury and Ralphie—drink some hot tea and just enjoy the luxury of seeing the event pass before our eyes. We'll have our cell phones and call friends and relatives from time to time to see if they're watching and to share our enthusiasm. Of course we'll call our son, Barry. We will enjoy seeing people from around the world celebrate too.
Boring? Probably for many folks. But for us this is going to be the party of our lives and we wouldn't miss it for anything...even if a few thousand miles separate us from the live event. Rock on Obama family! We'll be there right with you.
— Susan Klopfer from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
My daughter's Cadette Girl Scout troop, Troop 6914 in Bowie, Maryland, is having an inaugural celebration as the girls earn the American Patriotism Interest Project Patch Award. I will be leading the girls in a variety of activities, including learning about constitutional amendments, understanding the various cabinet selections that the president-elect has made (and the career paths of the nominees), how technology has changed the way we vote in the United States, the voting process in general, writing letters to Barack Obama on what we think his priorities should be from our perspective and writing letters of appreciation to the servicemen and women serving abroad.
We will celebrate with food and fun in addition to watching a recording of his acceptance speech on November 4. We have invited the president-elect and his family, especially his daughters, to introduce them to the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital and to welcome them to Washington, D.C. Whether we receive a response or not, we are all so excited and are looking forward to having a grand time!— Carla Partloe from Glenn Dale, Maryland
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