Our work takes us to some pretty awesome places. Yesterday, it took us to Washington, D.C. I love visiting our nation’s capital. It has always filled me with so much pride, inspiration and patriotism.
But this time, I needed this trip. There’s so much division out there. So much anger. So much fear. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
As usual, Larry knew exactly where to take me to recharge my heart. The Tidal Basin.
Since a portion of the Metro was closed, we took a bus, where we spoke with some very kind and passionate young people hugging signs to their chests. One sign said, “Do you know what makes this country great? IMMIGRANTS!” I wanted to hug each one of them.
We reread the inspiring words of Jefferson.
Marveled at the powerful statements of Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt:
And infused our souls with hope at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument:
But it was the DC Chinese New Year’s Parade that both stopped our hearts… made them soar:
And brought me to tears:
This, this, THIS is my America! March strong. March forward. March proud.
Again, I wanted to hug each and every one of them.
March on, my children. Teach your grown-ups well.