Michelle (I can call you that, right?), I’m pretty sure that I’m going to miss you even more than I’ll miss your husband. As much as you dislike the limelight, please continue to shine in it.
Now that we’ve had you, I don’t think we can give you up. I don’t think we can give up:
Your powerful ability to voice the unvarnished truth
Your sense of humor
The ways in which celebrity has not diminished your groundedness
Your devotion to both motherhood and public service
The way you speak out about the bind that you and other primary parents are in while trying to be both good mothers and fathers and good employees, good leaders
Your marriage, your relationship with Barack
The role model and source of pride you are for girls and women, especially but certainly not only black girls and women.
This list is not exhaustive.
I hope you’ll reconsider running for POTUS, something you’ve refused to do in the past, or at least for senator.
Or maybe you’ve got something else up your sleeve? If so, it better be something that gives you the platform and influence that you’ve earned–and that we’ve come to expect from you.