To say that my household was excited about Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention the other night would be an understatement.
George and I were in the middle of preparing and feeding dinner to the kids when Palin’s speech began. After unsuccesfully straining to peer out of the dining room into the family room to watch it as we fed Eva and Vincent, we finally gave up and recorded it on the DVR. After the kids went to sleep and the dogs were fed, George and I sat down and watched Palin’s speech.
To hear the words “commercial fisherman” spoken by the Governor of Alaska on national television during a speech in which she accepted her historical nomination for the Republican Vice Presidential candidate….incredible.
“Doesn’t this seem surreal to you?” I asked George.
“It does,” he agreed.
To see Palin’s beautiful daughters, her handsome sons, soon to be son-in-law, and her commercial fisherman husband smiling in the crowd as she introduced them one by one, was a real treat. Listening to her speak with pride and joy in her family (as well as in the State of Alaska) was an amazing experience.
I will never forget how it felt to sit here in my family room and watch a beautiful, intelligent, and proud commercial fishing family from Alaska take center stage in the national spotlight.
Following her speech, Palin’s family joined her on stage. I was moved by the look in her eyes as she walked toward them and the way she reached out her arms to take and hold her precious four-month-old baby boy to her heart. In fact, I watched it a couple of times.
Go ahead, call me a sap.
I’ve never enjoyed a speech quite this much, nor have I ever been proud of a woman or a family that I don’t even know!
I am glad that George and I took the time to sit down together to watch history being made.