Today's inauguration will he historic in many ways, including the range of emotions that will be felt … Excitement and apprehension. Pride and sorrow. And hopefully, hope for us all.
BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: We're not sure this has a backstory, unless you count over 230 years of history. Or, the conversations between Red and Black (yes, we know we need to do podcasts), who once again have very different ways of looking at things, including the presidential inauguration. Red has a bunch of mixed emotions – excitement, fear, pride, sadness – and focused on all the details of the day, including how different this inauguration's going to be in almost every way from previous inaugurations. Plus, how excited she is that her daughters will see the inauguration of our country's first female Vice President.
Black, on the other hand, is more pragmatic. She takes her usual long-term, big picture approach combined with a very different way of looking at things. After all, how else would you explain her comparing an inauguration to a wedding?!
It's possible the most poignant and bittersweet inauguration ceremony won't actually take place at the inauguration.
BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Black was surprised to discover that Red, a student of history who's been watching the news more often than she ever has before, wasn't aware that President-Elect Biden had announced that on the eve of his inauguration there will be a nationwide tribute to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19. (Black stays on top of the news thanks to Axios, and got the scoop on Red via this Axios post.) But once Red learned about it, she felt an unexpected mixture of gratitude and patriotism, and although she found it difficult to explain to Black exactly why, she knew that it was destined to be a poignant and powerful ceremony.
For most of us, writing and delivering one powerful and/or inspiring thing would be a very difficult task. To be remembered for hundreds is truly amazing.