The past few years admitting to people in other countries that I am an American citizen has become more and more of an embarrassment. Our relations with other countries have been at an all time low, and our economy at its worse. America, once the land of dreams has been quickly becoming the land of despair. I worried for my children’s future. I worried that they would inherit a dying country, and would find themselves trying to clean up the mess that previous generations left behind.

Last night America spoke, and elected Barack Obama as the next president of the United States in hopes that he may be able to clean up the disaster that President Bush has left behind. It was a grand moment in history, a moment that once again made me feel proud to be an American. It made me feel that my children now have a brighter future, and will grow up in a society where people are not judged by the color of their skin, but by their true meaning.

I know that my 13 year old daughter understands the depth of what happened last night, and it will be a day that she will always remember. As for my 5 year old and 6 week old baby, it warms my heart to know that they will grow up in a United States where having a black president isn’t such a big deal. To them it will be the norm, something that has already been and is more likely than not to happen again. They will read about it in their history books, and while knowing that it was a historical moment, they will not truly realize how monumental it actually was. 

It is uplifting to know that the children of today, the adults of tomorrow, will live in a society where a person’s morals and values are more important than their race, and they will grow up in an America where anyone can be anything they want to be if they truly put their heart into it. I am proud to be an American, and I now know that my children will be proud to be Americans too.

 J.A. Williams is the St. Louis Parenting Examiner at

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