Disclaimer: This is a tear jerker. If you need to function at work, you might want to read this over the weekend.
In Chicago, we were watching CNN at the rally, and counting down out loud until the polls closed in Cali. 10-9-8-7-6-5... But it's hard to count together with 100,000 people when the clock isn't showing on screen. So here's what happened...
1:34 it got quiet in Grant Park
1:37 The entire crowd exhaled, then we frickin lost our minds. We were caught off guard and it was amazing. We could have cured drouts with the tears that were shed. It was the THE ABSOLUTE BEST MOMENT OF MY ENTIRE LIFE.
5:07-5:11 You see how in New York, they were chillin' til the cameras came around. Not so in the Chi. After the annoucement we were LIVE cheering, jumping, screaming, bananas, NON STOP
6:35 Roland Martin coming with the facts. WATERWORKS!!!!
7:18 Quoting Dr. King. My body collapsed, I mean literally had to lean over. Overwhelmed, Overjoyed, emotionally exhuasted and in utter amazement at the foreshadowing. "I may not get there with you"? CNN, why are you doing this to me? "I may not get there with you"? OH LORD, I couldn't stop the tears.
8:02 Thummyb was like "Everyone else is crying and hysterical and Al Sharpton's just smiling on cue." No comment on this permed up puppy.
8:45 "What if Barack Obama is the symbol who walks through, what if he is the representative to the world of the United States." OH GOD... more tears.
9:40 Roland Martin choking up. GOOD LORD, WILL I EVER BE ABLE TO STOP CRYING?
9:50 Celebration in Kenya. The motherland rejoices. I give up. I put the tissue my Latino sister at the rally had given me in my pocket. My face is just going to have to be ashy, cause I'm never going to stop crying.
10:33 It's an incredible night indeed, Soledad. An incredible night indeed.
The worst part is that thummyb was standing behind me, so we hadn't really celebrated "together." And I think we both purposely didn't make eye contact at first. But then when it calmed down I realized I hadn't looked at her. I turned around and screamed in excitement and hugged her and we must've hugged and cried for like 3 or 4 minutes straight.
I LOVE THIS COUNTRY!!!! I won't ever be the same after Tuesday, November 4th. I've changed for the better and May God continue to bless our great nation.