Wednesday, November 5, 2008

An election-morning harbinger

A blizzard of blowing leaves was cascading to the sidewalk, courtesy of a gentle November wind loosening a torrent of dried leaves from the overhead branches of a stand of trees. This was Tuesday morning.

Leaves blowing by on the breeze are hard to snatch, they move so unpredictably on the changing air currents as they drop. In eight years of running, I can only remember catching two of them before, even though I make a game of it as I run each fall. One of them I caught during a race because it happened to lodge between my bib and shirt somehow as it swirled by. The other I actually snatched with one hand as I ran along, and I was so proud of the feat that I keep this pressed leaf atop my dresser. I consider it a good luck charm.

Yesterday morning I caught a falling leaf as it went by. I considered this a good omen, a harbinger of Change. My belief and faith in the positive nature of this symbol was fulfilled last night when the left coast presidential election returns came in and the 44th President was declared.

Soon afterwards, a true American Hero issued a gracious, conciliatory concession speech, reinforcing the positive image he had created when he corrected an ignorant follower of his on the campaign trail by saying that Barack Obama was a decent American like the rest of us, not a foreigner as she had just claimed that he was.

I am hopeful for the future.

8 comments:

akshaye said...

Amen! This one was a long time coming.

David said...

Ditto your sentiments and observations. Now if only cynical whiners will just shut their mouth for a little while.

Rainmaker said...

Hopeful...perfectly said.

DawnB said...

new hope for the future

Sunshine said...

Harbinger... I like that word.

And hope does not disappoint us.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I was glad this election didn't cause voting controversy so that results were pending for weeks/months.

Petraruns said...

As you said in your comment - you've done it for us. I am so pleased for you all and am filled with hope for your country and hope it spills it into ours.

Mike Fox said...

Interestingly enough, towards the end of my long run on Saturday morning a leaf dropped down from a tree right into my hand. Pretty ironic that I had just read your post the day before...