Blog: Inauguration 2009: Familiar face offers tour of nation’s library

January 7th, 2009

Sherrie Galloway is a retired Mesa County school teacher — specifically a school library media specialist. She was selected a couple of years ago to be a Library of Congress Teacher in Residence in Washington, D.C.

Now, she’s a consultant with the Library of Congress in what many would consider a dream job.

She spends two weeks every month either in D.C. or traveling as part of the “teach the teacher” resource program. Then she comes back to Grand Junction for two weeks.

Gallaway says she has been throughout the U.S. and some foreign countries.

Sherrie called me Thursday to tell me she has been reading my blog and to invite me to take a guided tour of the Library of Congress. In all my trips to D.C., I’ve never been to the nation’s library, and I would love to meet her — again — and get her special eye’s view of the place.

Maybe it will work out with our busy schedules. She, her husband and her son are leaving next week — they’ll be at the inauguration, too.

I mentioned meeting her “again” because we met some years ago when my husband, Tom, worked at Mount Garfield Middle School, where Sherrie also worked. She asked about Tom — as have many of you who know him. In fact, I just stopped in today and said hi to a good friend and client, Joyce, who asked if Tom is going with me to D.C. So, this is a good time to explain why, no, he isn’t making this trip.

Tom was nearly killed in a car accident nine years ago this week. He suffered a horrible brain injury, was in a coma for the better part of six weeks, in the hospital for about 14 weeks and in therapy for more than a year afterward. Despite the early dire predictions, his recovery was miraculous, but he can’t drive and he needs help walking — he always has a cane and often needs a helping arm to lean on.

We go on what I call “soft” vacations: no stress, no flights to run and catch, no lines. Last summer we went to a wonderful resort in Washington state for 10 days and it was perfect.

On election night, we talked about going to the inauguration, and he admitted that it would be very difficult for him to go. I would be deathly afraid of losing him in the crowd, and he cannot react quickly to changing circumstances. I know it hurts — he likes the president-elect as much as I do — but this is a trip he’ll have to stay behind. I will call him often on the cell and let him know what is happening. Of course, I’ll bring back lots of Obama stuff for him.

I love the posts — keep them coming. Have any of you ever been to an inauguration? I’d love to hear about your experience — everybody would. Come on, it’s fun, painless — and free.


Read Grand Junction resident Vicki Felmlee’s blog about Barack Obama’s inauguration at GJSentinel.com.


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