Finally, words from our President that I can get behind.
Can you stand to read another blog post about the voting process in America? If you can, great. If you can’t, well, you might want to go somewhere else today.
I did something I’ve never done before this past Tuesday. I spent 3 hours volunteering for a local candidate running for the House of Representatives here in Massachusetts. I sat at a table and checked off names as people voted. The list was made up of the names of known supporters and if someone we were counting on hadn’t been out to vote by later in the day then phone calls would be made encouraging them to come out and vote. It was very simple work but quite important to the cause.
I had my knitting with me but I honestly never even pulled it out of the bag because I was completely absorbed by the people watching. I saw so many different people – young and old, dressed up and dressed down, some with children and some holding hands. There were people laughing and joking and there were people who were serious and hurried. They were all different and yet all alike because they were all there to participate in our democracy.
My favorite people to watch were the ones with children. I loved hearing moms and dads explaining what it means to be able to vote and then showing their children how the process works. I kept thinking, “that’s right, teach ’em while they’re young so they’ll never doubt the importance of their voice.”
Later in the evening I went back to the polling place with Dale because we have always gone to vote together. We waited in line and chatted with neighbors and then we cast our ballots. And guess what? Not only did the candidate I was working for win but so did every other person I voted for. And the news across the nation yesterday just kept getting better.
I’m gloating a bit, I’ll admit. Might as well do it now. You know, before they actually get in office and start screwing things up.