Amadi and I feel we MUST suspend the tour just long enough to mention how deeply happy we are, today. I had my 8 year old daughter play hooky from school, this morning, so she could witness the historical moment when Barack Obama was declared the new President of the United States. It was a very emotional moment, with tissues being passed around, especially when Obama delivered his speech and mentioned the 106-year-old lady who voted, after having witnessed all the changes that her country has gone through in her lifetime.
Like my daughter (above in the white and red t-shirt), Obama had a white mother and a black father, and he’s a Third Culture Kid who lived in Asia as a child. AND, as I mentioned with strong emphasis, his mother used to wake him up every morning at 4 AM to tutor him in English before he went to school. I make her work on her French when she comes back from school every single day, and she doesn’t like it anymore than Obama did. Yes, I have no shame and I will use anything to make my self-imposed duty easier 🙂
Congratulations, Barack Obama ! And thank you for giving the world so much hope !