Wednesday, January 21, 2009

CHANGE In the White House

Yesterday was a huge day for America!  The day our new president, Mr. Barack Obama was inaugurated into the White House.  Part of one of his campaign slogans was change.  We have a president that is facing many challenges that need his attention, and he has some new ideas that, if implimented, will change some of what we see and know in the United States of America today.

But I think many of us are overlooking who is really going to bring change to the White House!  And indeed, will also change the way other countries have seen the USA for years.

What am I talking about?  I'm talking about those two cute little girls that come along with the presidential package for the next 4-8 years!

I happen to have a 10 year old myself, and even tho mine is a boy, I've had two girls that have been ages 7 and 10 before, so I am talking from an experienced point of view-except, of course, I haven't had ambassadors and world leaders to my home(other than my royal kitty, Jazz!).

Envision with me:

Can you see President Obama in a very important meeting with a room full of world leaders, and Malia and Sasha sneak off to that end of the White House, standing in the hallway, elbowing each other and giggling, one daring the other to "do it!".  While Mr. President is facing the men, with his back to the door, suddenly all heads look past him.  He turns just in time to see two little heads poking out from one side, tongues stuck out and thumbs in ears while waving fingers at the men who are keeping their daddy company.

Of course, this could solve a lot of problems!  World peace?  Absolutely!  Now bring Michelle and  those little girls in here and let's have cookies and milk!  This is WAY more fun than war!

Or let's imagine that Queen Elizabeth is here, and upon entering the White House, her shoe sticks to the floor.  The First Lady says, "Oh dear, I'm so sorry.....gummy bears!", as she reaches down to  scrape the remainder off the floor.  

What would the Queen do?  Do you think she would take a deep breath, clutch her purse a little tighter, and walk down the hall to the livingroom, as if nothing happened?  Or, do you think she might chuckle and say, "Oh don't worry about it!  William and Harry used to do the same thing!  Let me tell you about the time Margaret Thatcher came over and the boys put a whoopie cushion in her seat!....."

Will they slide down the banisters?  When they think no one is looking, will they jump on the beds?  

I hope the media is kind to these little girls, and allows them to be just that-little girls.  I also hope that the President and First Lady will share a few eye-rolling moments with us, so we can enjoy their children too.  :)


Sunday, January 18, 2009

My Moment Of Fame As A Super Hero!

Looking back on my teenage years, there was a moment in time when I actually looked like a superhero!  No, it wasn't a halloween costume-it was my quick actions when I was with my friend Amy, and her friend Cathy.

Yes, for one moment in time, you could actually say I was Superman!!!

Faster than a speeding bullet.
More powerful than a locomotive.
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Look! Up in the sky!
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman! 

Only, we all know that Superman is make-believe.  On the other hand, my superhero moment was not make-believe, and Amy and Cathy were there as witnesses.  This is what happened....

Amy, Cathy and I were on our way to the park to use the exercise trail that went thru the woods, instructing us to walk, run, and stop and do exercises along the way.  We were walking and talking, nearing the woods.  

As we began our walk down the rocky dirt hill in the woods, I was ready to start working out!  So I said, "Come on, you guys, let's run!"

Somehow, immediately after I said that and took my first running steps, I managed to trip over a rock.

No, I did not fall-YET.  My super powers kicked in at that very moment, and my arms shot out in front of me, holding my body like a hovercraft one foot above ground.  My legs ran me at full speed down the hill, while my arms directed me.  So I'm quite sure I looked like Superman(with the serious look on his face)-with the Roadrunner's legs(beep! beep!).

While I was still in full action mode, time for Amy and Cathy stood still, as they watched to see what their superhero would do.

Intently studying the path I sped down, my concerned friend Amy broke my concentration when she blurted out, "Are you okay?"  And as I answered, "No.", it was that moment that I landed at the bottom of the hill "flat on my face".

Now I've mentioned that Amy is my great, concerned friend.  So I'm sure you can guess what she did next.  

No, she did not laugh.

She HOWLED!!!  She ROARED!!!  Guffaws echoed throughout the woods.  I think she even doubled over at the waist, but I was too busy picking rocks out of my hands and wiping dirt off of my clothes to see her.

I don't really remember what Cathy did.  I think I can guess tho.

So there you have it!  My moment as a superhero.

Faster than a speeding bullet.  Yeah, I was definately going faster!
More powerful than a locomotive.  
We were getting ready to work on that at the time of the event.
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.  
Uh, no, not hardly.  More like, Able to trip on a 2" tall rock.

Yeah, everybody!  Watch this!!!
Up in the sky!  Or, down near the ground! It's a bird.  Roadrunner, maybe? 
It's a plane.  Or at least a hovercraft of some sort.
It's Superman!  It's Goober Josanne!  or  A stupid plan!

Now I know that when Amy reads this, tears will most likely be streaming down her face as she relives this incredible moment in history.

I'm sure you wish you had been there too.