There was no great vantage point to see anything and Mark put me on his shoulders to catch a glimpse of the President walking by. I never did see George or Barbara but that didn't matter so much.
It was festive. It was fun. It was democracy.
Since then I have only watched inaugurations on t.v. but I never miss them. I requested Monday off weeks ago so I could park myself on the couch and watch every minute of it.
When my brothers were in high school they had a record player and my sister and I would hang out in their room when they were playing music. My brother, Terry, bought a new 45 and played it over and over. I knew every word of that song and once snuck it over to my friend's house for a sleepover so my friends could hear it.
It was "Fire and Rain" and I have been in love with James Taylor ever since.
Presidential elections are fire and rain and rancor and disagreement, then we vote and move on.
Thankfully, we always move on.