Today marks an important moment in history in more ways than one. January 20th, although it feels like any other cold winter day, the world as we know it has experienced significant change.
From a dark starry sky which encompasses our swirling planet Earth, the scope narrows, bringing our North American continent into view, continuing the descent ever smaller to Washington (the state not the District of Columbia) and finally arriving – only to bring into focus our single family residence, specifically, the bathroom. The scene is two elated parents and one small child, happy dancing while chanting "Yay Devi! Yay Devi!" Yes, today marks 4 successful days of wearing Princess Panties and the first day (a dry one) of wearing them to daycare like a big girl!! With any luck, there is no turning back now.
While I mean no disrespect to our newly inaugurated President, Barack Obama, this is a major historical moment for two first time parents, struggling to make sense of the logic of a two year old's mind. Devi has taken to this particular ritual of undressing, performing, flushing, redressing and washing like a pro. The sticker chart and treats, while they do sweeten the deal, sometimes get forgotten in an effort to get to the true pay dirt of whoop whoops and the happy dance! (even the dog joins in from time to time)
In all seriousness, while I am proud of my daughter's accomplishment, I am truly filled with a sense of hope for this country for the first time, in a long time. I feel this change is good, the challenge is huge, and the chance of success attainable...much like wearing Princess Panties for the very first time.
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