Pride, Patriotism, and Pancakes

Today, I awoke with a renewed sense of Hope for our country. Regardless of your personal political views or ideals, it’s hard not to be moved by our peaceful transition of power. Many harsh words have been spoken, jabs traded, and yet today we come together as one with great Hope for our future.

I’m a former legislative aide who worked at the US Capitol. I was there for the last transition of power. I was outside the Supreme Court building when that historic decision came down. I was there to shake President Clinton’s had on the lawn of the White House just days before he left Washington for New York. I felt like I was the most jaded young person on Earth; the political process had in fact changed me. I’m a political animal at heart, and my heart hurt.

When my two year old woke up this morning and declared, “Today’s the day Barack Obama becomes President!,” I realized that a new day has dawned. I wanted today to be special for him. He doesn’t understand who the President is or what he does, but today is probably one of the most historic days he will experience in his life.

I thought I’d keep him home from preschool today so that he could watch the Inauguration, but he kept demanding to watch Wall-E, which just wasn’t going to work for me. So, I made him American Flag pancakes instead.


The pancakes were just spur of the moment, so I only had strawberry jam and raisins to decorate them. They weren’t fancy and weren’t pretty, but I think they that received DS’s vote.


Thank you to my DS for helping me to continue to have Hope for our future. And thank you to President Obama (!!) for helping to lead the way.

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About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. What a wonderful day for America! i don’t remember seeing so much love in the air and patriotism EVER! just wonderful.

    thanks for your comment tonight!

  2. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says:

    Hope is definitely the word for the day. I haven’t felt this hopeful in a long time!

    How interesting that you worked at the US Capitol! We were there this summer (as tourists) and it was one of the highlights of our D.C. trip.

  3. I love your American Flag pancakes! What a great idea to make it a memorable day for your son!!!


  4. Best day of my life, all-inclusive!

  5. How do you feel now?


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