Today I noticed: how easily I forget to notice things. Someone hit my car with an egg. I didn’t want to wash it off because it was inconvenient. I washed it anyway.

I noticed how embarassed my friend became when we sang her Happy Birthday because, as she confided in me, she should be “further along in life.” I noticed I often feel the same way and never tell anyone.

I noticed how excited people are for the Inauguration, and how “excited” doesn’t even begin to describe the hope that is alive everywhere for this historic event.