Do you know, I fell in love with you many years ago even before setting foot on your land.
At that time, I was a student in
Writing my BA paper on Faulkner's Light in August, I got lucky enough to study one year as a graduate student at the
I was so thrilled…At last, I would meet you ! at last I would set foot on your land…
Do you know, when I landed in
for the first time in my life, it all seemed familiar already : the yellow cabs, the crazy traffic...You showed it to me already in your movies.
And when I finally reached
by bus, I, the little frenchie with Malagasy roots felt somewhat weird. Gradually, I grasped your reality. As I was getting accustomed to my life on the campus, I could sense this WASP thing, I didn’t understand why black and white students didn’t mix in fraternities and sororities. My friends explained that it was the way things were.
The day of my departure, I was in tears and my friends told me: "you can’t leave ….you're an American now !”. My sweet friends…
Do you know, the day I left I promised you secretly : “I’ll come back..you can be sure of that”.
Today is YOUR day…
And I can't help thinking of your past and of the future which awaits you.
Could Thomas Jefferson imagine one day that the 44th president of
would be a black man claiming that it is time for change ?
Could Booker T.Washington - born of an enslaved woman - who wrote Up from Slavery in 1901 and was the first leader of the Tuskegee Institute, imagine this wonderful thing happened ?
Do you know you make me cry of joy ?
I was so proud of your people who stood in line for hours, hoping to make a dream come true...
Oh I know…the dream has come true and now the tough job begins.
The whole world has its eyes on you. How are you going to deal with Irak and
? And first, how are you going to deal with your own problems?
Like your new president said, you’ll “have to roll up your sleeves and start repairing the roof".
I’m so sure you will…
Dear America, thank you thank you for making me and the world believe in the American dream again....
pic: campus of UVA - Charlottesville