Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Inauguration - Thinking of Kenya

As Barack Obama is about to be sworn in as our new president, I can't help but think of Kenya where, as I have mentioned on this blog many times, I spent some blissful years as a kid. I feel a lot of pride about Obama's election, not only as an American but also as if I were Kenyan somehow.
As the new president made his way to Washington D.C. by train, I thought I'd share a picture of my mum, my sister and me on a train in Kenya, between Nairobi and Naivasha. And a picture of me at a school party in Nairobi - I'm sure the younger presidential daughter, adorable little Sasha, wouldn't mind wearing my fairy costume to the inauguration ball...

If you want a piece of the inauguration, check out the really cool Runway To Change collection - I love Tory Burch's Obama tote, Zac Posen's Jan 20, 2009 tee-shirt and Deréon's Hope tee. I want them all, especially the latter!!!

Also check out Shepard Fairey's new companion picture to his already iconic Obama portrait, created for the Adopt A Pet campaign. Download the image here.

More posts celebrating Kenya in the days to come - stay tuned!

18 comments:

gracia said...

Your childhood photos always seem contain such a magical light.

Solange said...

Yeah, I am also very exited about the inauguration of Obama, but I can imagine that for you it's different, after having lived in Kenya. You have got such great experiences.
wish you a lovely week Ms Mary-Laure!

take care,
Solange

A World in a PAN said...

THe train trip to Naivasha! Wonderful memories. We had so much fun! The landscape along the railway was so diverse: lakes, wild animals, towns, people, dirt roads, savanah. When we arrived in Naivasha, the large lake was full of flamingoes, what an incredible view! In the afternoon you both rode horses and were exhausted on the way back home.

the asherette said...

Yeah! I love this post- your childhood photos are absolutely beautiful and I love Fairey's 'adopt a pet' image.

jean-louis said...

Tu me ramenes 25 ans en arriere avec ces photos du Kenya. Cette ecole frequentee par des Kikuyu, Luos, Abaluyas (a l'exception des Masai)me fait interroger si aujourd'hui des Masai vont a Westland school? Je te precise que j'allais bien souvent a Nyeri Hill (ou est enterre le pere du scoutisme Lord Baden Powell) et que chaque fois j'etais emerveille par le Navaisha lake couvert de flamands rose

High Desert Diva said...

Your fairy costume and Fairey's images. So many tie-ins in this post.

Thanks for the link for the Adopt a Pet campaign image.

Certain Creatures said...

those photos of you when you were little are very cute! I am happy for AMericans that they have a new president that hopefully will bring newwness to the nation and worldwide!

sealaura said...

Love the Zac Posen tee and the Dereon one comes in at a close second. Those pictures are so beautiful, What great memories.

Mary-Laure said...

SOLANGE - I am so happy that SO many of us are sharing this moment with joy.

WORLD IN A PAN - I remember those flamigoes, actually.

SEALAURA - I might end up buying one...

miss cavendish said...

I'm so excited to see the inauguration tomorrow. I completed my directorial debut(!) tonight of a play that imagines an encounter between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, and am feeling particularly in the mood for tomorrow's historic events.

the traveler's soul said...

Today
from Africa to Europe
we, Black pleople
scattered through the world
can't help crying
looking at this dream
becoming true

Thank you America

Mary-Laure said...

MISS CAVENDISH - I would love to hear more about the play and your experience with it...

TRAVELER'S SOUL - we are ONE people today. Mon coeur est avec toi.

Esti said...

i like to read your childhood memories... y ese poster es estupendo!!

raining sheep said...

How exciting - I did not know you lived in Nairobi. The inauguration was pretty exciting to watch. Your new president is very inspiring for sure.

Mary-Laure said...

ESTI - thanks! I'm never sure about sharing my childhood memories so it's great to get some positive feedback.

RAINING SHEEP - I spent a couple of years in Kenya as a little girl. It was bliss!

Kwana said...

I'm so happy today that I'm giddy with it. I want to Barack out my house and wardrobe. Love these Kenya posts.

Mary-Laure said...

KWANA - I love the expression "to Barack out my house and wardrobe". I feel just the same!!

Christina said...

This is so wonderful! Full of emotion and pride, this post. I love this memory of yours.

; )