This will be my last blog post and fathoming the end of this experience is difficult.
As of Sunday, I did not have a ticket to the Inauguration; however, I refused to allow that to prevent me from attending the festivities. Caitlin and I had decided that we were going to leave early and find us a spot on the parade route. I mean, why not be there and attempt to catch a glimpse of the president?
Busy, busy, busy. Did I say busy? That can sum up the past two days for me. I must admit, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. These past few days have provided me with enormous amounts of information, and I’m am sure it will take months to truly process it all.
Sleep couldn’t come soon enough last night. My eyelids drooped, and my muscles seemed uncooperative. I fell asleep quickly; however, I jolted awake when my phone rang. My nerves were on edge. “Who could be calling me at this hour ?”, I thought. Tears streamed down my face as my sister informed me that my grandpa had passed away. I held my sobs for fear that I’d wake my roommate, and fitfully cried myself to sleep.
I truly can say that it has been a rather lengthy day. However, I have enjoyed it tremendously. Today provided me with the learning experience I’ve anxiously awaited. Today I realized I know next to nothing about politics. Today I officially appreciated firsthand the wonderful opportunity I have been granted.
I am and have always been fully aware that I am not and never will be a city girl. This became even more evident as I tossed and turned in bed. The constant noise of traffic kept me awake. Now keep in mind, I do live next to the road; however, the most noise I experience in the middle of the night is the occasional shaking of a coal truck passing. Morning came too early, but I eventually made my way out of bed, and slowly but surely I was able to prepare myself for the days activities.
Excitement, nervousness, and even fear pulsed through my veins as I woke up thinking about this experience. I glanced at my alarm clock; it seemed to glare right back at me. 6:57 it said. Although I would have loved to have slept until my 9:30 alarm, it seemed that my body had kicked into overdrive and had other plans for me. I was instantly awake; sad to say I was not instantly ready to get moving. Once I did get moving it seemed that this trip couldn’t come soon enough! I was ready to get this show on the road.
A once in the lifetime opportunity is a phrase that I have heard numerous times over the years, and now I get to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity. A million thoughts race through my mind as I contemplate on this opportunity. The Presidential Inauguration is a historical moment, and regardless of a political affiliation it will be an exciting moment. Leaving for Washington D.C. on Saturday fills me with nervousness and excitement. This feeling seems to keep me on my toes.