A thousand times, YES! Yes, we did it!
The roar of the three of us in our living room, when Ohio went blue, was pure emotion, pure joy. Chris was still being cautious after that, but me, ever the optimist, started to relax.
Yet when the networks called the race, part of me felt a little scared -- did I dare really believe that this moment was now?!?
What made it real: watching tears stream down Jesse Jackson's face. I said to Chris, "He's remembering Martin."
I cannot forget the heartbreak of my history lessons -- JFK, Martin, Bobby. But oh, what a day this is. Now. So, so sweet. Martin Luther King, Jr. is so proud, somewhere out there.
It is a time to smile, and to dance. But notice how serious Barack looked as he delivered his speech. The gravity of the office is already upon his shoulders. He is ready to tackle what lies ahead.
So, don't give up on that chant: Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Let it be our collective mantra, our reminder of what we aspire to be, each and every day. Let us remember that we are all one. Let us reach out to one another. Let us continue to climb up the mountain.