The Inauguration
Wednesday January 20th 2021, 11:53 pm
Filed under: History

A new start, guided by the light.

I’ve never watched an inauguration before. I missed seeing the swearing-in live because I tuned in at 9:00 our time and it was done a few minutes early, although it turns out the clock still had to strike noon for Biden to officially take over the reins.

The singing. That poem! The speech. Everything could not have been more perfect.

I hadn’t read the Narnia books in years, but the ascension into joy and light at the close of the Narnia books, with Aslan happily encouraging, Further up and further in! –that line leaped out to me as the Bidens, the crowd following, entered the Capitol and before them was a steep long flight of stairs, and on up they went. They crossed a wide landing, and there before them was another one that had not been in view before. Up again they climbed, never flagging. Further up and further in to where the view is better and better, the light clearer and the day ever more joyful!

Noted before that point: Elaine Chao starting to get up tripped in her heels and the camera swung away fast as she staggered a moment. A man was wearing a scarf wrapped tightly around his neck out there–of the finest white lace, and whether offered by his wife against the cold or in memory of someone he loved I’d love to know, but it looked like a wedding ring shawl (as in, you can pull it through one.) That was one masterpiece of both handknitting and love, because you don’t knit such a thing for just anybody, but the camera person didn’t know to let the shot linger there long enough for me to make out many details on the pattern.

Amanda Gorman! 

Lady Gaga, turning in the middle of the national anthem and gesturing to the Capitol’s flag as she sang triumphantly, “That our flag was still there.”

As Biden himself said, we need to “lead, not by the example of our power but by the power of our example.”

Such a joyful day!

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I couldn’t stop crying…I have missed civility soooooo much! The day was joyful and full of promise.

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 01.21.21 @ 7:45 am

Out of the darkness and into the light (although dimmed by it’s 4 year absence) is glorious indeed! We have a huge hill to climb after being knocked to the bottom. Our will is strong and we will prevail! Amanda Gorman is my new hero!

Comment by Christine L Pereira 01.21.21 @ 8:01 am

It’s such a step up from where we have been! Adults making the decisions! How low the bar is. But I am thrilled.

Comment by ccr in MA 01.21.21 @ 9:55 am

Amanda Gorman! I have no words that could possibly follow that.

And a rule about disrespect to co-workers and others. Oh my. If only everyone acted that way.

A glorious day for my neighbours to the south. Keep your eyes on the light.

Comment by Chris S in Canada 01.21.21 @ 11:06 am

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