Despite living near DC, political posts are not my thing. (If you know my husband, you know that’s his domain.) The Federal government tends to effect most things around this area, but I try to live my live without obsessing over it like many people do. As we prepare to inaugurate a new first family this Friday, I wanted to take a few moments to say thank you to someone who has truly inspired me – Michelle Obama.
Dear Mrs. Obama –
I want to first and foremost say thank you to you for being our first lady for the past eight years. No matter what has been thrown at your family, you have always done what every mom I know does – you’ve put your family first.
I have watched for the past eight years as your daughters have grown up. I have noticed how you’ve conducted yourself around them – with respect. You’ve worked hard to set an example for them, and in doing so, set an example for moms and daughters around the country.
I was watching when you took an interest in what our children are eating in schools. I was watching when you planted the White House garden. I was watching when you launched Let’s Move, and put a focus on the growing issue of childhood obesity. I was one of those children, so I know more than most about being “the big kid.”
I was there to watch you do the absolute best you could for our country, but most of all, I was watching when you spoke at my alma mater. You seemed to get us, to take in what it means to be a Hokie, to understand the pain we feel when we think of our tragedy. You seemed to understand the pride we feel in how we came together and got through it, and just how proud we are to be Virginia Tech. So often, the first question I’m asked is if I was there. I have a feeling you would never ask me that. Thank you for understanding us.
I want you to know that the young moms of this country have been watching you. Girls of all ages and races have watched how you have been a role model for us. You have shown how a woman can work hard and still be a great mom. You have shown us that being a working mom is possible, and you and your family can even thrive. For that, I can never thank you enough. I know for years to come, I will be proud to talk about you as a role model for my daughters.
So from me to you – Thank you, Mrs. Obama. This mom will surely miss you.