Hasn’t worn off yet

Friday, November 07, 2008
by Heather Havrilesky

I wrote an Open Apology to Boomers Everywhere for Salon on Wednesday, then I walked around the rest of the day with a skip in my step that hasn’t worn off yet. If it’s naive to think that an American president can make a huge difference in the world, I don’t care. I want to feel this way for as long as I can. Obviously the man will make mistakes along the way. But god, it feels so good to believe that he’ll collect information and get a second and third opinion and be as honest as possible and above all, do his very best. I think it’s possible to sense that about him, and that’s one reason why he’s been so popular.

Not that creepy losers aren’t often popular, but let’s not think about them now. Right now I prefer to see the world as populated primarily by smart people and loving mothers and adorable puppy dogs. After so many years of gloom about the state of things, I’m going to bask in this feeling of belief and optimism for as long as I can.