We were a part of history

4 Feb

Anna and I got to be a part of a little bit of history on Saturday.  We joined the thousands, (20 +) who were at the Target Center to see & hear Barack Obama.

I got up early on Saturday to do some of the chores I usually do.  I also had some quiet time.  I set an intention that things would go smoothly for us during our day, that we would have very good seats, and that we would have fun!

Roger wasn’t interested in joining us so my friend Julie came along.  We left Owatonna at 10:00 am.  We got a little goofed up getting to the rail station and I remember thinking, “I hope this isn’t the way the whole day is going to go.”

However, we got to the rail station and as we waited for the train, met a very nice couple who also going to see Barack.

 They were precinct captains and had already spent many hours working on the Obama campaign.  We had a great time talking politics all the way to the Target Center.  When we arrived they invited us to follow them, as they were going to find someone in charge who could explain where we needed to go.  It took only a few minutes and they found someone who explained the method to the madness of lining up 20,000 people!

We found the line we needed to be in; it was 11:45 am and thus began the wait.  It wasn’t bad though.  It wasn’t that cold, it wasn’t snowing, and there was no wind.  The line wrapped all the way around the Target Center and we watched as it continued to grow and grow.  It ended up wrapping around a huge parking ramp quite some distance away.  The crowd was excited, but not out of control.

At 1:30 pm the doors opened and our line started to move.  Things went very fast and by a little after 2 pm we were in our seats … just five rows up from the floor.  We had a fantastic view of the podium where Barack would be standing.

We were set!  We could visit the restroom, buy some food, and relax … and we did all three!  Music was playing and it was fun just to sit back and people watch.  It took a while but the Target Center was filled to capacity with many people choosing to stand on the floor rather than sit in the nose bleed seats.

Barack arrived about 4 pm and spoke for about an hour.  It was so much fun to actually see someone you have only seen on TV.  He is a very charismatic speaker. 

Watching Anna was priceless.  She was so happy and so excited to see the man she thinks should be our next President.  I was so glad that everything had come together so perfectly to make that happen for her.

Afterwards we made our way to Itchiban’s and had a wonderful Japanese dinner … where the chef cooks right in front of you spinning his knife and spatula and entertaining us while we ate and he cooked.

We were home by 8:45 pm. 

It had been a fantastic, memorable day.  And everything just flowed.  I realized our little trouble with directions to the rail station really worked to our advantage.  If we had reached the station without getting lost, we wouldn’t have met up with the wonderful couple who were not only great conversationalists, but were so helpful once at the Target Center, and our seats were fantastic.  It was another validation for me that setting an intention for what you want to happen is a powerful tool and one we can all use when we need to. 

It was one of those days that will live in our memories for years to come.  And there is nothing better than making those kinds of memories with those you love.

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One Response to “We were a part of history”

  1. dawn sletten February 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    Kim Im so glad you had such a great day with Anna Bananna. Its so wonderful that the two of you are so close and can share so many things. It will be fun to see what happens tomorrow. Thanks for sharing. Dawn

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