Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day 46: "You have a beautiful mind."

After packing the parents off to Peru and perusing a poem by a preeminent poet, Nani and I watched the dedication of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on television. I was very proud to have visited it, and very touched by President Obama's dedication speech. I particularly like how he appealed to many of Dr. King's ideals, such as a belief in the goodness (and oneness) of all people. I also appreciate his reference to MLK's conception of "isness" (the world as it currently exists) vs. "oughtness" (the world as it should be).

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After Obama's speech, CNN aired Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech in its entirety. Watching this after just having seen our current president's oration was a great testament to how far we have come, and of course, a reminder of how much more we can do. I actually got chills when I heard some of the more famous lines spoken by Dr. King himself -- this was a really inspiring way the spend my morning.

Photo credit: the "just ok" Laura Kambourian
After some lunch and scrubbing of the kitchen, we three ladies settled in for our afternoon naps. Once awake, I received a visit from Varlet #1 Nizar Zahed. We had a good discussion about many things on his mind and a few on mine, once he had gotten used to my newest habit of taking notes all the time! This talk was very productive, and helped me apply the optimism I have learned from my job at Sasha Bruce. I look forward to Nizar's birthday on Tuesday!

After Nizar left, I helped Nani prepare dinner (we had the most delicious chicken), and then did tons of dishes (my favorite). I now plan to participate in a pretty pleasing piano party with Priya.

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