This morning, after everyone went off to work and school, I put my daughter in her stroller and we went for a walk around the neighborhood. It wasn't my usual walking style which is fast and for exercise. It was slower, more deliberate. We stopped and looked at spiders and leaves and flowers. I let her out of her stroller to walk a bit on her own. It was a long walk. But peaceful.
My whole life, I have never been someone that "fit in." I've never had my own group that I distinctly felt a part of. It probably has a lot to do with the area of the country that I live in (sigh....the south), but when I look around, I don't see a lot of people that look like me. This has always been hard, even as an adult.
Last night, as I watched Barack Obama speak, I looked at the crowd. Thousands of faces, no two looking even remotely similar. For the first time in my life I felt that I didn't need to fit in. Change is definitely a good thing.