I woke up in somewhat of a stupor.
I went to an election return party with my guy. We were watching CNN with a group of people.
The poll closing timer was ticking down 10 seconds, 9, 8, 7...
The time hit zero as the pundits kept talking and then, suddenly, a Breaking News graphic spun onto the screen with thunderous beats and a second later, the headline read Barack Obama is President-Elect.
The room erupted in cheers and 12 grown people jumped up and down, hugged and squealed with delight.
The rest of the night was a blur. All I could think was "The first family is black."
This morning, it was quiet on the late commute to work (I got up LATE). The news stands were picked clean. I looked around for even one of the free newspapers handed out every morning at the train station. The man was all out and had been, it seemed, for some time.
Whatever your politics or whomever you voted for, you can't deny that this is amazing!
Of course, as a black woman myself, I take special joy in the First Lady -- the quintessential American woman -- being a woman like me, like my mother, like so many of my beautiful friends.
But I also take joy in the fact that AMERICA, not one kind of America or one kind of person, made this happen. America, this is what we wanted and we got it.
Bask in that.