President Barack Obama. Those words were presaged four years ago when I met Barack Obama in person in Philadelphia. I captioned the photo below with a story of something that happened that took our breath away then:

He just leaned down because a woman asked him to “sign my baby.” She said, “I want her to meet the first black president of the United States.”

And here’s a picture of Sarah, back in the wayback machine from four years ago with the future President of the United States.

Oh, the title? It’s by Dr. Martin Luther King, and they were the first words I heard Barack Obama say when I saw him for the first time in person.

Dancing Around the Maypole

by Frank Roche on May 1, 2008

in Celebrations


When I was a child, May 1 was always a fun day. That’s the day that the girls of Immaculate Conception got to dance around the Maypole while the little boys sang and clapped. It was a whole day of celebrating and merriment. It’s funny to think back now on what the maypole symbolizes and wonder what it had to do with the curriculum at IC. Still, it was fun.

Do kids still dance around the maypole, or was that a throwback thing that anyone under 35 hasn’t heard of?

What a Difference a Year Makes

by Frank Roche on April 29, 2008

in Celebrations, Friends

Sarah at Fenway

A year ago, Sarah was just released from Neurological Intensive Care after hitting her head and getting a severe brain injury. What a difference a year makes.

Here’s Sarah at Fenway Park last week. Today’s her birthday. Happy birthday, Sarah.

Happy Fifth Anniversary

by Frank Roche on March 19, 2008

in Celebrations

Fat Tuesday 2008

by Frank Roche on February 5, 2008

in Celebrations

Mardi Gras 2008

Even though every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday for me, today I can wear purple and green beads to acccessorize. If you’re having a king cake today, I hope you get the baby.

Um, searching for Mardi Gras images is one of the more interesting searches of the year. Don’t do it at work.