It's a crisp 16 degrees today despite the brilliant sun. And when I looked out the window this morning, the misery of yesterday's weather yielded to today's magic. The branches of each tree in my yard were encased in ice, sparkling and specific. I rushed out to take a picture of an image so bright that it only appeared as a starburst on my phone's screen, I stood, squinting into the sky, feeling the cold breeze ruffle my hair and the pavement slick and dangerous beneath my rubber boots. By the time you're reading this, the vibrance of the moment will gone, leaving behind the ordinary beauty of the day,
Today is Martin Luther King Day and Kamala Harris resigned her seat in the United States senate at noon for the best of reasons: in two days she will be sworn in as the first female, African American and Asian American Vice President of the United States. Her resignation leaves the United States Senate without any Black female senators.
The first Black female senator was Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, who held the position for six years, leaving in January of 1999. Then there was a 18 year gap until Senator Harris was elected.
I think that this is what progress most often looks like. There are gaps and spaces followed by unimaginable leaps. And on this day, where we celebrate a man who gave his life preaching about dreams of unimaginable leaps, my hope is that the gap between Senator Harris' departure from the senate and the election of the next female Black senator is measured in days, not decades.
Celine Boyle writes essays and fiction and lives in Maine. She is a member of the Maine Writers &Publishers Alliance (MWPA) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. (SCBWI)