Little children won yesterday. Regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity, all children won. They won when we elected a President who quoted one of my favorite Catholic hymnals. The idea that God was quoted during a President-elect speech, and how he would raise us all up on eagles wings, won my soul. This truly was the battle of the nation’s soul and good won yesterday triumphantly. Then there was my favorite chapter in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Specifically Ecclesiastes chapter 3 versus 1-8 won yesterday. The very first verse even reminds us of how everything that happens, happens at the time God chooses. This reminder and the idea in verse 3 that the time for healing has arrived, won yesterday. Healing won yesterday.
Representation also won yesterday. All forms of it. From the youngest ever elected senator, now turned oldest ever elected President. Then there was the first Professor as our First Lady. As a fellow Professor with a zeal for nurturing the next generation of learners, educators won last night and I was exhilarated when we got our very own shout out from the President-elect. Then there was the first woman, the first black woman, the first south-Asian woman, the first Jamaican woman, the first child of an immigrant, the first HBCU graduate to become Vice President-elect. To say I am in awe of this audacious moment is an understatement. Diversity truly won yesterday and it was joyous.
And just when I couldn’t stop feeling emotional, just when I finally told my daughter to become inspired by her leaders, to say her name and know her name, the leader, Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris explained once more why ‘We the People’ won yesterday. We won for all our children. We won so that they could do as she suggested: ‘Dream with ambition. Lead with conviction. And see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply because they’ve never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way.” Democracy is joyful, full of hope, and dreams when ‘We the People’ lead with character, empathy, love, and respect for one another. That’s what won yesterday, democracy, character, plus good, healing, representation, diversity. They all won for one thing and one thing only, our children. Keep winning for them. They deserve the very best this thing called life has to offer. They also deserve inspirational leaders like Joe and Kamala who won yesterday.