As many of you know, this past week, our family traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention. It was an honor to be asked to participate in the convention and share our family story and the importance of the Affordable Care Act on our family. For those of you following my Facebook posts, there was a bevy of surreal moments throughout the week at the DNC. In fact, there were so many, I decided to create my own Top 28 (couldn't narrow it to 25) Surreal Moments from DNC 2012, in the order in which they happened.
3. After rehearsals, I was taken into the arena and was given an opportunity to view and stand on the convention stage. This helped me visualize delivering my speech. At this point in the day, the podium was still in another area, being kept under lock and key. After some discussion, I was allowed to go even further behind the scenes to see the podium. Security was very tight!
6. Obviously, delivering my speech was the reason we were in Charlotte for the convention. For those of you who know me, Obamacare is of imperial importance to my family. Anything we can do to advocate for the law is a civic duty we will fully embrace. The opportunity to do so, in front of millions of people, was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were honored and humbled to be asked to be there.
14. While enjoying our midnight walk through Charlotte, Zoe, understandably, started getting fussy. In an effort to distract her, Caleb put her up on his shoulders. After a block or two of Zoe getting a bird's eye view of the crowd, we heard someone jogging, almost out of breath come up behind us and stop us. He introduced himself as Greg Stanton, the mayor of Phoenix. "I'm your mayor!" He complimented me on my speech and wanted to take a picture with our family.
|Doing a satellite interview, at the convention site, with Channel 12 in Phoenix.|
|View from Michelle Obama's suite.|
|President Clinton delivering perhaps the best speech of his career.|
|Andy & Sierra|
|Sierra got to hold Lambsie.|
27. Following President Obama's speech, we made our way out of the arena, still in a daze from President Obama referring to Zoe. On the way out, we were stopped by many convention attendees who wanted to take pictures of our family or with our family. What an honor! Oh, and I got a good chuckle that I "look much taller on stage."
Hopefully, last week's events brings us closer to two of my biggest wishes - that one day no families will have to deal with congenital heart defects, as there will be a cure, and that one day every American will have access to adequate healthcare.
And, as I've been so inspired these past few weeks, let me inspire you with one of my favorite quotes: