I have renewed hope for the future

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

This is a picture of a young woman named Amanda Gorman.  Today, she was invited to be the Poet Laureate and read a poem that she wrote, shortly after the events at the Capitol on January 6th.

I know that some of you will want to tell me that you didn't watch the inauguration, and you'll want to tell me the reasons why.  Let me tell you that I don't care.  This post is not about politics, it's about an exceptional young woman.

Amanda read a short poem entitled "The Hill We Climb" and it was beautifully written.  More impressive than that; Amanda is all of 22-years-old.  She is a Harvard graduate, daughter of a single mother, and descended from slaves.

I was trying to remember what I was doing at the tender age of 22 and I can guarantee you that I was not invited by the first lady, nor any other lady, to read, write or sing and dance anything.

In fact whatever I was doing probably had something to do with a science experiment that I conducted frequently which involved turning generous amounts of alcohol into urine.

She was poised, eloquent, and confident.  You couldn't hear a hint of nervousness in her voice, in fact it felt like she was giving a sermon.. (A "sermon on the hill", if you will).  She was the brightest part of the inauguration today... and that's no small feat in an event that included Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. 

She gives me hope for the future.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois


Comments (13)

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Yes, Amanda Gorman does give hope. We need to aspire for more, without accepting the lowest common denominator as the standard.

Jan 20, 2021 05:37 PM
Alan May

You are right about that, sir.

Jan 20, 2021 05:44 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am sorry that I missed her.  I read something about her this morning.  She grew up with a little bit of a speech issue so it has made her diction very precise and it seems - lovely to listen to.  

Jan 20, 2021 07:07 PM
Alan May

I'm sure you can find her entire reading on youtube.

Jan 21, 2021 09:19 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Alan, this young lady gave me goosebumps!    I expect she will live an extraordinary life, inspiring goodness, and decency.   

Jan 20, 2021 07:27 PM
Alan May

I know.  When she first got to the podium, i stepped away from the television figuring I didn't need to sit and view some poet.  But as I heard her from the kitchen, I came back and was mesmerized.

Jan 21, 2021 09:20 AM
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

When I was 22 I was a newlywed learning a new way of life.

I am sorry I didn't get to see her read her poem.

Thank you for sharing this Alan May.

Jan 20, 2021 09:02 PM
Alan May

I know... right?

Jan 21, 2021 09:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I had not seen her speech, but had heard that it was one that must be seen. So after reading your post, I found it online. What a wonderful poem/speech from a very poised and well spoken 22 year old. I am sure we have not heard the last from Amanda Gorman.



Jan 21, 2021 05:57 AM
Alan May

I had to keep reminding myself that she's only 22.

Jan 21, 2021 09:20 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Alan May so at the tender age of 22, what were ladies asking you to do if not read, write or sing and dance?

Jan 21, 2021 06:36 AM
Alan May

I refuse to answer on the advice of counsel, and the grounds that I might implicate myself.

Jan 21, 2021 09:21 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

At 22 I was on a paid vacation which included 3 squares a day and all the clothes I needed.  Plus a few additional accessories Boots, rifle, bayonet

Jan 21, 2021 07:01 AM
Alan May

That came with a lot of travel benefits, too... didn't it?

Jan 21, 2021 09:21 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I agree with you 100% Alan. She is amazing, as is her poem.

Jan 21, 2021 07:31 AM
Alan May

I have listened to it multiple times.

Jan 21, 2021 09:22 AM
Linda Piper
Planatek Financial, Inc. - Ventura, CA

It was beautiful Alan!

Jan 21, 2021 07:31 AM
Alan May

It really was, Linda.  It really was.

Jan 21, 2021 09:22 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

She is an absolutley amazing young lady with a very bright future!

Jan 21, 2021 02:09 PM
Alan May

I totally agree. We've not heard that last from her.

Jan 23, 2021 11:34 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

She is simply a rock star. I adore everything about her, Truly the most passionate and moving poetry recital ( and words) I've ever heard. Go, Amanda, Go. 

Jan 23, 2021 07:35 AM
Alan May

A rock star, she is.

Jan 23, 2021 11:34 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Clearly handled a nerve racking moment with grace..not to mention the talent.

Jan 23, 2021 03:59 PM
Alan May

can you imagine the nerves you might have felt?

Jan 24, 2021 06:17 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Of course, I had never heard of Amanda Gorman before January 20th. Now, I know that I will hear about and see her many times in the future. She is an amazing young woman.

Feb 17, 2021 07:01 AM
Alan May

few of us had heard of her... but she's a household name, now.

Feb 19, 2021 10:07 AM

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