I sure did surprise myself when that happened yesterday evening. I had written something else for today but then I turned on television, the Democratic convention, and burst into tears – tears of joy - when Secretary Hillary Clinton's nomination became official.
It's not that I didn't know it was going to happen. I didn't forget. In fact, I wrote a post very similar to this one back in June when Clinton topped out the delegate count during the primaries and we knew then she would be the nominee.
But it is a different thing to hear the roll call and the official declaration that she represents the Democratic Party in the 2016 presidential election. This makes it history and we should celebrate again.
There has been so much tsurus during our endless presidential campaign that it has been easy to overlook this amazing event: that one party has nominated a woman – a woman! - for president. In my lifetime.
Now, at last, we have a woman candidate. That's not the only or most important thing about Ms. Clinton. But it is an important milestone.
You and I, people our age, were there at the beginning of the second wave of feminism set off in the 1960s by Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and others and by god, things changed. We're not all the way there but what a different, better world women live in today than when I came of age in the late 1950s.
Back then, at the beginning, we met in consciousness raising groups and marched and signed petitions, attended conferences and organized in all kinds of ways. We made this possible, you and me and millions of others who wanted women to have the same rights, privileges and opportunities as men.
Maybe we're not all the way there yet but “we've come a long way, baby” - oh so far - and the nomination of Hillary Clinton is the culmination of what we yearned and worked for.
It is we, the old men and women of the United States, who know, who remember what it was like before. We are the last generation that does - or needs to.
A lot of young women have said that they will not vote for a candidate based on gender. That would be sexist, they say, and they are not wrong.
They are not wrong because ultimately, if great cultural and political movements succeed, the results become ordinary, customary, no longer an issue. And for young women today, that is now the case and that is our generation's achievement.