Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Presidental race, making history at every turn

The day after Barack Obama gave his historical speech to the Democratic Convention in Denver, John McCain made a historical announcement, nominating the first woman to be the VP candidate for the Republican party. Sarah Palin, an outsider to the DC Beltway, is new to me, but what I have heard about her so far, has an interesting story to tell about her political activeness and down-home roots in Alaska. I know McCain's strategy was to get someone out of the beltway, to balance out his 25 plus years in DC, someone who is more in tune to local issues. And picking a mother of 5, which one child is a 6 month child with down syndrome, brings up a lot of issues with mom--can she really do it? Can she balance it?
Well, first and for most, the VP spot has always been a joke position, someone who is there but not always doing something. Not knowing what a VP does on a day to day basis, I really can't answer to say what they do on their jobs, other than that his/her responsibility is to preside over the Senate and be number 2 in line. Could she balance that? If she had a lot of support, I am sure she could. After all, if the Republican ticket wins in November, all eyes will be on her on how she does her job, men and women to see how it is all done. Maybe women will finally get paid what they are worth, and start running for political offices in record numbers.
Of course, this whole Presidential race will be making history regardless of the ticket. Women and African-Americans alike will have someone to look up to in order to motivate them to say, "Hey, it can be done!!"

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Olympics inspire a new generation, and rejuvenates the old

Watching the Olympics this past week has definately given me a new appreciation of hard work. Looking at the accomplishments of the USA team with the mens and women's gymnastics, not to mention the Amazing Michael Phelps, and all of the other sprinters on the running track, you begin to ponder on the possibilities of the human body. My daughters have been inspired by it. They were glued to the TV when the gymanists were doing their floor work. During some of the swimming events, I heard my 18 month old say "WOW!" When my husband and I asked our oldest if she wants to go to the Olympics she said "yes" but has not confirmed with us which sport.

Being a mom, I am particularly inspired by the "past prime" ladies winning medals. Dara Torres won a couple of silver medals at the age of 41. And with a 26.2 mile run, the oldest marathon winner was Romanian Constantina Tomescu at 38 bringing her country home a gold. Both are moms and definately deserve all the praise of keeping up their goals with their busy lives.

Of course, I know that I will never qualify for Olympic games. All I want to do is just to say that my feats have been accomplished. I am training for a 10K to be held the fall, and it is a long process to get my 36 year old body to be where it needs to be. Through the experience, I want to show my daughters that they can do what ever they want if they keep up the hard work. During our vacation last week, my oldest saw an advertisement for a Susan G Komen 5K run to be held. She said "Look mommy they all have your shirt!!" I told her that I did that run already in DC, and then she said "Mommy when I get older, I want to run that race too." At least a seed has been planted :)