I was born in 1971. A while ago Missy and I were watching the movie The Long Walk Home about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It's a great movie, about brave people practicing resistance against awful oppression. You should watch it.
As we watched the movie it struck me that the events in it took place just 16 years before I was born.
That boggles my goddamn mind. I could have had a babysitter who thought racial segregation was just peachy.
Things were pretty damn bad, not that long ago.
It's on my mind today because of Monday's landmark ruling by the Circuit Court. They overturned Virginia's ban on same sex marriages.
I am thrilled by this. It sets precedent to challenge similar state bans all over the country.
Just think how different the world will be in the next 16 years.
I'm grateful to be alive in a time of rapid, pervasive, important social change.