I was going to say some other stuff here today, but it will keep, I think. I understand that my non-American pals might be even beyond the stage of eyes glazed over, but I've not said much about the election here and I can't not say this.
Regardless of the name you chose when you cast your ballot, I hope that we who call ourselves Americans can pull together and stop tearing apart now that this page has been bookmarked while history turns another page. I hope we can take to heart the beautiful words spoken so graciously by John McCain in his speech about all of us being Americans who love our country, even if we disagree sometimes (or, OK, lots of the times). Personally, I found it so very refreshing to see McCain be the strong and gracious and just plain good people kind of man that many people saw was always there underneath the presidential candidate version of himself.
I understand that it's not so simple as just saying that we need to come together and to unite as Americans when we've been so divided with all of our differences, and with our differences thrust more to the surface more so during the election than other times, but I'm allowed to hope.
And right now, I'm hoping. In bucketloads, I'm hoping.
(And just for the record, I did vote Obama. With all my heart. I've never had so much hope as I do right now.)
**Updated to add that there is a small update on Kathleen McBroom aka Beany of So Grateful to Be Mormon over at If Mom Says OK** And also a little more and with a link to a new news story at Beggar's Shot Glass. I'm still hoping she is OK and will be home soon and safely.