One of the great things about human life is that it can filled with firsts - a baby's first words, your first report card, your first trip on a plane.
For Memphian Brandon Rogers the past weekend in Washington, D.C., he was a guest of his Big Brother, Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy. providing a scrapbook full of "firsts."
And the best is yet to come.
It's an occasion where men chosen to lead can sometimes utter the words that hopefully galvanize a generation.
Perhaps, not with the fervor of four years ago, but still enthusiastic busloads of Memphians will be joining hundreds of thousands flocking to Washington, D.C., to personally oversee the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 21. Among the throng was Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy and his guest, teenager Brandon Rogers, who arrived in the nation's capital Jan. 18.
"I was able to get two tickets from Congressman Cohen and offered, the second ticket, I offered to take one of my children," Commissioner Mulroy said. "The two of them talked about it and each of them very, very much wanted to go. But, they decided together, really the best thing for me to do would be to bring my 'little brother' in the Big Brother program, Brandon Rogers."
The trip provided young Rogers with a lot of "firsts" in life: first plane ride, first subway excursion and his initial trip to Washington, D.C.
Brandon said he was especially moved by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial.
"It was great. I like the statue of Martin Luther King," Brandon said. "That was awesome and just going around looking at different quotes he made."
Published reports on Jan. 19 said President Obama had been consulting with historians as he crafted a speech that would be one for the ages. Commissioner Mulroy is among many who feel Mr. Obama should avoid too much wordy flourish and instead clarify the priorities he's set for his second term.
"All the soaring rhetoric from last time about bridging the partisan divide was all very well and good," Commissioner Mulroy said. "But, I want a president this term who tells us what he wants to do and I think that if he says it right, I think most Americans will follow him."
As for Brandon, he was ready to soak in the pomp and ceremony of one man's special moment in history.
"It's going to be unbelievable," he said. "It's going to be fun and it's going to be great!"