Saturday, September 12, 2009

We Marched on Washington!

Yes, you read that right. Now that we live in the DC area I couldn't pass up the chance to express some of my displeasure with our current government. And since the Ultimate Tea Party was being held today, I got out the doublewide, packed up the kiddos and headed out to see about the hubbub.

I was very nervous about going out there -- huge crowds, a politically charged occasion, and two kiddos to tote around. But, I felt it was important for me to go and represent, and I was excited about doing so in the very place where all these decisions are being made. Corny? Perhaps. But off we went, cheesiness and all.

I have to say that hearing hundreds of thousands of people (maybe a million or more? I'm not sure what the final count was) cheering as we were walking up to the capitol building really gave me chills. I know that sounds corny, but if you have never heard that many people clapping and cheering at one time, let me tell you it is sort of surreal. It sounded like thunder. And this was before we could even see anyone.

But once we got there, it was a lot less intimidating. Everyone around us was so nice. Steve had to stay home because he was sleeping for the night shift, but I was there with a friend. All told, there were two mommies, a teenage boy, a single stroller with a toddler, and my double stroller with Ethan and Matthew. And everyone was so accomodating. Helping me manuever the stroller, making room for us to get through, smiling at the babies. It was just a loud, shouting, protesting sort of way.

I saw a few people having lively discussions with Obama supporters, but nothing ever got out of hand that I could see. And I loved the creativity some people had with their slogans and signs.

It was a good day, and fun to be a part of something so huge.

Clapping along with everyone else.

A common sight

Your typical right-wing extremist, a.k.a the angry mob.


Steve Bremer said...

Right wing probably spank your kids, too.

Bethany said...

Hi Jodi thanks for the comment about the Cogsmo fabric. I looked long for a pattern that I thought would show off that fabric well. I eventually drew up my own. Then I saw almost the same pattern here: For the blocks with the small square in the center, I was going to do the small squares in a solid color. For the blocks with the larger squares in the center, I was going to make my center square larger than in this example with the border being narrower and the narrow border will be solid. That leaves the large pieces in the blocks to show off this great fabric!
I really like your current post and look forward to reading more of it in the near future! If you have any more questions about it, I could get the pattern I drew up and email it to you. My email address is notyetvegan(at)yahoo(dot)com