You are 1-1/2 years old now and today was your first Presidential Inauguration Day. After two long years of political campaigning and an historical election we watched today as Barack Hussein Obama took the oath of office and became the 44th President of the United States of America.
I know that you are going to learn in school all the reasons and ways this day was epic and precedent-breaking. Our nation has a deep history reaching back hundreds of years. Our countrymen have shown themselves to be humble and brave while standing up for each other and forming a new union, as well as prideful and afraid while denying fellow human beings the right to live freely in that union. Hopefully now we can finally say, "Today is a new day and when we awake to meet the day tomorrow may that be a new day, too."
Beck your dad and I want the absolute best for you. Already you are beautiful and intelligent. I know the world holds promise and hope for you. I pray the happiness and innocence I saw in you today may always lead and guide you. You dad got home from work early today and we watched the inaugural parade together as a family with you sitting curled up on his lap. You were so excited for all the music and the marching bands. It made us laugh as you shouted out "trombone" when each one passed (even though you have no reason to know the word "trombone" and we actually have no idea what you were repeatedly saying). With each passing parade entry the camera moved in for a close shot of President Obama waving at the crowd and you smiled, waved back, and shouted, "HI!"
I don't know, Beck, if you will ever shake the hand of the leader of these 50 states, but I do know he (and someday she) will always serve you to the best of his abilities. The world may decay and we may not escape unaffected, but we live in the United States of America and as long as we have a freely elected president, we will be free. We may not always agree with his policies and politics, but the Lord has promised great blessings on this nation if its people will live righteously.
Beck, you are an American and there is nothing you can't do and nowhere you can't go if you have the faith to live righteously. As Americans we are charged with the responsibility to help our fellow citizens. As a child of God our privilege is so much more. Serve those around you. Let the light of love shine in your eyes. Embrace who you are and believe in who you can become. Trust that the Lord has a dream for you and your family and live each day trying to reach that dream. These are the things which will bring you happiness. The freedom to achieve that happiness makes this nation great.
Today's inauguration was only one of many historic national events you will witness in your lifetime. Try to experience each one of them, indeed each day, with the excitement and emotion you were surrounded with today.
Always know I love you. Your dad is setting next to me and tells me he loves you. Your grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins love you. Our prayer is for you to grow strong, embrace who you are, and serve the Heavenly Father who has placed you here in this country at this time on the earth. My comfort and strength is in knowing that every blessing of heaven is available to you. I feel blessed to have shared this important historical time with you and your daddy and am looking forward to many more!