I’m finally thawed and rested, though still very excited. We got up at 5 AM on Tuesday, bundled up, and headed down to the mall. We found ourselves a spot by a jumbotron and settled it. We were at about 9th street: to give you an idea, the end of the ticketed area was at 4th street. So we were five blocks back from that and we got there at 630am! People got up verry early. I was so impressed by how orderly it was (until the end—definitely no exit strategy there!) No one was rushing or pushing, people just bonded with the strangers next to them and settled in.
I’m not going to lie--it was freezing. I had a moment where I was fairly convinced my toes were going to fall off. I had those hand warmers that skiers use, but they do not translate to shoes! But it was definitely worth it. We were standing behind a school group and it was so much fun to see these middle-schoolers take part in something so historic.
Aretha Franklin was a big hit (I need that hat!) as were the Boys and Girls’ choir of San Francisco. I think Malia and Sasha got the biggest cheer of anyone, President Obama included. All in all, it was an amazing experience and I’m so glad I came. There were about two million people there and it really felt like you were with a group of your closest friends. It’s hard to put into words exactly how incredible it was—really hope this sense of togetherness lasts, because we’ll be able to do great things.
Well, I’ll be back in NYC by the time you read this, and I’ll have some really great books to tell you about, so stay tuned!
P.S.--What did you think of the fashion? I’m a BIG fan of Michelle Obama and Jill Biden—including their clothes. Think they’ll let me shop in their closets?