Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I asked the lady at the front desk in my dental office whether anyone had cancelled their appointment today to watch the inauguration. She scoffed and said "No, but if they did, I would have sent them to the insane asylum." I buried my head in my OK mag and smirked and shirked because I contemplated rescheduling my cleaning. The conversation continued without me between Front Desk Lady and Patient Waiting for His Wife. He was enjoying the greatness of the historical implications, she replied with, "He isn't even Black! And they are really playing that up." My Mom is 100% Finnish in her ethnicity, and I totally claim Finnish as my heritage. What, so now I'm not Finnish? Who knows what the heck Front Desk Lady was really getting at, but I found the humor in it (something my lovely husband--who must not be Black either, he's Ethiopian--has taught me: handle this kind of misunderstanding with grace and mercy). I didn't want to miss the swearing in ceremony. But my hygienist got me in a few minutes early and I was back home with one minute to spare.
at 9:55 PM