Michelle Obama has a beautifully written memoir and is on a multi city (21 cities on her calendar to date) tour promoting the book. But more importantly, bringing her message to so many of us who miss the dignity of the 8 years her husband was the president of the United States.
I was lucky enough to be in the audience for her Denver stop. She spent part of the day in Denver visiting a children’s hospital which aligns closely with her mission as a mother and First Lady. Her personal campaign fighting childhood obesity changed school lunch programs across the nation. She raised two daughters in the harsh spotlight of public scrutiny in an admirable way with amazing results. Both Sasha and Malia are impressive young women.
She spoke about her childhood, getting into Princeton, meeting Barack, and about how hard marriage and children are in a candid way that had Reese Witherspoon laughing beside her on stage and the crowd at the Pepsi Center laughing and cheering. For me personally, as a girl from the same neighborhood in Chicago, I was mesmerized.
I spent a couple of hours with my 18 month old neighbor today. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching a little one explore recently, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Everything fascinates him and his enthusiasm is contagious. Watching a wheel spin, trying to pick up rocks that are too heavy, finding one that’s not and testing the sounds it makes is all part of being a scientist.
This song has been a favorite of mine and countless other parents since it was released 12 years ago.
While our country is in the aftermath of yet another school shooting, and parents are holding their children a little bit tighter this weekend, I am celebrating my daughter’s marriage.
I know how fortunate I am to have my children and to be here surrounded by her friends and a community of people who love her.
I was lucky 🍀💚🍀 enough to spend a decade at a great school with fabulous colleagues, the most supportive families, and children that filled my heart every single day.
I’ve been gone for 17 months but whenever I return to Chicago, a priority for me is reconnecting with the children who made getting up at 5:30 worthwhile. I may no longer remember all of their names, but I remember stories about each one – how hard they worked, how genuinely sweet and caring they were, and sometimes how challenging and challenged they were.
Yesterday (in my first 24 hours back in town) I visited school and was made to feel like a celebrity as a chorus of voices called my name. 💕💓 💕
Children who I knew from kindergarten and first grade are now eighth graders and beyond. I met kindergarteners yesterday that are the baby of a family I’ve known since before they were born. The magic of children never fails to impress and inspire me.
And in a perfect twist of fate, yesterday was the Scholastic Book Fair which is also something I treasure. Buying Matt De La Peña’s book and sharing it with the sweetest children in the world is a new memory for me to treasure.