Julie Lyles Carr: Watching History

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Watching History

I gathered my students to watch the news coverage of the Inauguration of our 44th president.
It was striking again to watch the peaceful exchange of the office, the history, pageantry, the traditions and the new energy. To see so many Americans lining the Mall, to see the faces of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement, to see my children watch the unfolding of such a historic culmination was powerful.




And already, the influence and impact of the Obama family was felt amongst the Octamom crew. I happened to look over during part of the news coverage and saw this...


Uh, yeah, that would be 4 of 8 and 5 of 8 playing Nintendo DS during the historic event. I squawked and squealed and insisted they put away their electronics as we prepared for watching the President take the oath of office.

And within a couple of minutes, it happened.

Because that's when the news cameras focused in on the Obama's oldest daughter, Malia. And held in her hands was....

"Malia's got her DS! She's got her DS! So can I have mine back?" 4 of 8 was just about beside herself.

I kept staring at the screen, looking at the little metallic rectangle in Malia's hands. If the First Daughter was allowed to take her DS to the Inaugural platform, I supposed that 4 of 8 should be allowed to bring hers to the Inaugural Viewing Couch.

But futher media coverage revealed that, in fact, Malia was carrying a camera. Now there's a girl after my own heart.

I think the twins really took in all the importance of the day as well.



Don't they look like pundits?

And a big. big congrats to Janet at Confessions of an Ag Major, the winner of the PhotoCaptiva giveaway. Hey Miss Janet, send me an email and we'll get you in touch with Rosie to claim your prize! Many thanks to all of you who entered!  And be sure to visit Rosie at her family blog about her crew of seven kiddos at Telling Mom.

In case you're wondering how winners are selected for Octamom giveaways, I use a highly technical random generator schematic. It goes like this:

"Hey, 3 of 8, pick a number between 1 and 50!"

3 of 8: "Um, okay....27!"

I then count down the list of commentors until I reach the 27th commentor. I realize this is a highly technical system...

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