Those are the words I heard from my mother when I spoke to her at approximately 8:45PM tonight.
All those fits of anxiety spread into total relief. Thank you to all of you who did so much to make this election what it turned out to be.
It all started at close to 8PM when I was on the phone with Mary and she started screaming-everyone started screaming-I couldn’t understand anything else. Obama hit 270 electoral votes.
I., Rimpletide and I ran out onto the streets of Rockridge, over to Avon a few blocks down. The neighbors had blocked of the street, there were fires going, food, drinks, and a 12′ high projection with live coverage. The mood was high.
We watched the concession speech. Rimple and I called Mom and Dad, then we all waited for the acceptance. It seemed like forever.
Once President Obama got out there I just started sobbing, and I sobbed through his whole speech. Sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. Until then I was just shocked, awed, and overwhelmed. Then I sobbed. It never felt so good. I. held me and I sobbed. I sobbed for the Black and brown people, I sobbed for newfound hope, I sobbed for the history of injustice, and I sobbed for the work we all have to do. I sobbed for the idea of America, for finally being able to be proud of being American, for the promise of what America can be, and for being alive and being an adult right now, in this big moment. I sobbed because American is what I am. I thought I would never stop crying, and I didn’t want to.