It is Election Day. I don’t know about you, but for me, the campaign has been too lengthy, too unpleasant, and not informative enough about meaningful issues.
So being in New York, I decided to spend this important day away from all the noise and visit Miss Liberty,
a beacon of hope, of strength, and of light to so many: Americans, soon-to-be/Americans, and visitors from all over the world.
The weather is warm, the blue sky cloudless. There are many people filling the ferry, the plaza, the pedestal. I am aware of the multitude of languages, of dress, of facial features, and of skin color. And nearly everyone is taking photographs of Lady Liberty, her copper robe brightly lit by the sun, her golden torch held high above her head, beaming brilliantly.
I feel emotional at the pleasure of her company, what she represents, a welcome symbol to all, irrespective of class, culture, religion, and race.
On this day especially, I want to work to be open-hearted and open-minded, to be respectful of others whose views are different from mine, and to try to gain a better understanding of their beliefs.
Thanks, Adele, for your thoughtful remarks! It has been an exhausting election season for all of us.
We can only hope that all the values you have identified, Adele, will not be eroded over the next four years. What an auspicious place to be on election day. Linda
Thank you dear Adele for your liberty trip. The pleasure of “her” company is indeed as such. I will remember always climbing her stairs to view the the world. And be grateful for it all. love
“Things do not change; we change”.
Henry David Thoreau