A New Day in History

As a memoir writer, I usually look for clues from the past to enlighten the present. Or signs from nature, such as the cottonwood trees, which I gravitate toward on my walks on the edge of the Desert Botanical Garden. Even in mid-winter here in Arizona, they cling to their brown autumn leaves as they touch another blue Sonoran sky.

No matter what happened yesterday or the day before — or which leaves hold on, fall, or decompose in the desert sun — January 20, 2021 is a day unto itself. It is a twenty-four-hour period filled with residual pain and new possibilities.

Despite the intense security required in Washington, D.C. to stage the inauguration of our forty-sixth president, the deed is done. Joe Biden is now our president; Kamala Harris our vice president. She is the first woman — the first woman of color — to hold this high office. That is something grand to celebrate.

Yes, the years, months and days leading up to this have been marred by a failed presidency, political upheaval, social distress, a January 6 insurrection, and the awful reckoning of more than four hundred thousand lives lost in the United States in one year to this pandemic.

But the light flickering in the sky above the cottonwood trees on this day feels different to me. The atmosphere on the steps of the U.S. Capitol is also new. There is unity in the messages, diversity in the images, and poetry in the air.

Finally, at least for one day, we have something to be proud of again as a nation. It is a new day in history.

5 thoughts on “A New Day in History

  1. Wonderfully said.

    On Wed, Jan 20, 2021, 4:45 PM Mark Johnson Stories wrote:

    > Mark Johnson posted: ” As a memoir writer, I usually look for clues from > the past to enlighten the present. Or signs from nature, such as the > cottonwood trees, which I gravitate toward on my walks on the edge of the > Desert Botanical Garden. Even in mid-winter here in Arizo” >

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  2. There’s a ‘ding dong the witch is dead’ vibe going on today and it’s especially present in my wordpress reader. I myself scanned the sky for unicorns and rainbows, but saw none. This is something I do to myself. I work myself up so the only possible outcome is to feel let down. Change can’t happen soon enough. Hopefully all the people like me will give Biden time to get his feet on the ground. Harris is the treat of the day. I’m so thankful Biden picked her. Definitely a much needed thumb in the collective MAGA eye.

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