Inauguration Day, 2021

Good morning, folks. Here at the Home Office in Gretna, Nebraska, we are sorting things out to prioritize tasks today. We probably won’t get much done because of the Inauguration on TV. I believe whoever is elected is our president for the next four years. Man or woman, Catholic or not, Democrat or Republican. I believe in giving the new president a chance. They all deserve that. Let’s not grouse about it, let’s pray for the best. That’s what I’m going to do. Please join me.

I told you yesterday I’d share some photos of Arree Chung’s book, “Mixed.” It is a book every American should read. He shared his story about writing the book. He has a pretty good racially mixed family. All colors, all shapes, heritage, etc. He boils it all down in the simple story of three colors; Yellow, Blue, and Red. They all had their own towns. The peacefully coexisted until one day, Red bragged they were the best. Yellow and Blue disagreed. They separated further. Some colors said, “Colors should not mix.” How sad.

It seems Yellow discovered they felt better around Blue, who was calm. Blue felt brighter when they were around Yellow. They mixed and created GREEN! A new color! How wonderful! Soon more colors mixed, creating a rainbow! They rebuilt the three separate towns into one.

It’s a lovely story. Let’s all hear what it’s message is. Let’s take the message and share it. Let’s remember, we are Americans first, and we need to allow for that first. Let’s forgive and learn from what’s come before. Let’s work on things together. We will accomplish so much more that way.

Today, for me it’s more catching up on videos. I didn’t get there yesterday. There’s always today. Slow but sure, I’ll get there. It’s a privilege of age, I think, to take more than one day to complete something. When you finish, it’s all good. Don’t be too hard on yourself!

Let’s all start today, let’s be more kind, more inclusive, more thoughtful. Let’s go forward in peace, not rehashing the past, that will only make life ugly. Let’s remember our strong, resilient country. I still get chills when I hear the Star Spangled Banner sung. Unfortunately, you need to page down to get to her video. Lady Gaga, you did us proud. Let’s make the same new start our leaders are getting. It’s worth it in the long run. See you tomorrow!