(Originally Published 1/20/21)
Okay, wow, I cannot believe we actually made it to this day. It has been over four years since the 2016 election. This is a huge day for us in our family, since we won’t have to yell at the radio anymore, and we won’t have to wake up and wonder if our country is going to explode.
We are having such a major celebration today. Mom and I started by listening and watching the inauguration ceremony at about 10 a.m. We were so happy and relieved to be listening, I actually took out my tap shoes, that I haven’t worn for over a year, and started tapping around the house.
I went outside on the porch at one point, still in my pajamas, in the freezing cold, and started yelling at the top of my lungs and tapping for joy. Mom actually took a video of me through the living room window, although I myself have not seen this.
I also wrote some short paragraphs about the inauguration from the point of view of the Capitol. You can read this on my mom’s website:
We have many more plans ahead for the night, including a possible all-nighter with America-themed movies such as National Treasures One and Two. There will be a lot of drinking coffee and ginger ale, as well as some singing of Hamilton or me breaking into random verses of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” I also have drama class. But first, we have to finish school!
I’ll keep you guys posted.
Yeah, so I didn’t keep you guys posted. Sorry, we got a little busy with school. And then all sorts of other stuff. Also, I had ordered two magic kits with my birthday money, and they came yesterday.
I have an interest in magic, and I’m really excited by this new opportunity to learn magic tricks. They aren’t really tricks, but I don’t know what else to call them.
I think I like magic because it makes me different and special. And it makes people happy. They can forget their problems for a while and try to figure out if the magic could be real. And they go away thinking that it just might be.
There’s something really powerful about making people happy. It feels good, like when you’re doing something difficult with ease because you know how. It feels like your heart is buzzing in your chest.
I also love the challenge. I love trying to do something I thought was impossible. It feels so good to try, and maybe fail, but still give it a shot. I love a challenge.
Someday, when I grow up, I’m going to have a magic show. (This is only one of the many, many things I want to do with my life, but oh well.) It’s going to be a bit like the classical shows of the 1800s, where the great magicians astounded the world with their shows. It’s an entire world of gleaming stages and velvet curtains, of top hats and rabbits and flying.
I hope that when I do magic, I change how people see the world, if only just a little. I hope that they see the little natural things that are magic, even if it’s not the flying kind. I hope that I can make people happier.
I’ve gotten way off topic here, sorry. So yes, I got new magic kits yesterday, we stayed up really really late- or early, if that’s what you want to call it- and watched both National Treasures and a heist movie called the Italian Job .
I finally finished reading this book called News of the World last night. It was really good. The book is about this old man called Captain Kidd who has been payed to take this girl, Johanna, who was captured by Kiowa Indians, back to her aunt and uncle, and it tells the story about how they bond. It’s really a tender book, not so much sweet, because it’s sort of like a Western, but I liked it. There’s a movie that just came out, and I’m looking forward to seeing it.
That’s about it, except that I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. MT and drank four ginger ales. Oh, and we had popcorn at one in the morning. (Mom’s idea.)
“Try and fail, but never fail to try.” – Jared Leto
I don’t know who Jared Leto is, but he’s right. No matter what, give it a shot. You won’t regret it.