A couple of weeks ago, you might have heard the sound of glass, shattering
loudly, like fireworks or a very noise rain, on and on!
Reflection by Mary E. Latela
Hillary Rodham Clinton has become the first woman to be her party’s candidate in the presidential election of 2016. With hundrous applause, no one said anything. We watched the TV screen, smiling, hugging, feeling utter joy!
After drowning in these moments of triumph, after the wonderful victory speech, I realized that whatever happens from here on, I am satisfied. Oh, I surely hope that she will win the election, become Commander-in-Chief. On the way, the long winding road of our lives , there are times to pause and be grateful for the moment. This was such a time. I could feel my breathing settling down, I felt a smile inside me.
This woman has done something wonderful, and she has not been uniquely privileged. She worked, worked with people who are hungry, helped to get breakfast to all our children, helped with healthcare ….. a litany of great, generous actions, tempered by a profound sense of justice.
As Nick Kristoff of the NYTimes noted, every time someone – man or woman – breaks the glass ceiling, we are ALL better off. May the joy of what we have and who we are mesh with what we know we have left to do, and may our children see us and do likewise.