Tuesday, October 21, 2008


We voted this morning. While early voting lacks a little of the emotional buzz of Election Day, we wanted to bring The Kid with us and the specter of a very long wait made us opt for the early vote.

We arrived just as the polls opened at eight and stood in line less than ten minutes. The Kid and I talked our way through the ballot, reviewed our choices and he pressed the VOTE button for me.

I thought he was a bit unimpressed with the whole business, but when we were waiting for his tardy slip in the attendance office, he very proudly told the secretary how we'd spent our morning and that he himself had pressed the VOTE button.

Despite the lack of official Election Day adrenaline, I choked up a little as I cast my vote for president. This is such an historic election and as someone who spent her earliest childhood in a still segregated, small Texas town, I am particularly proud to be a Democrat today.

We've talked a lot about the election in our house and after this happened, we've talked even more about prejudice and how politics can sometimes bring out the worst in people. We've talked about respecting other's viewpoints, particularly when we disagree. We've talked about how lucky we are to live in a country where we can disagree – vigorously – with our friends and neighbors and yet remain friends and neighbors.

I hope that's what The Kid takes away from this particular election. That, and that we voted for the next President of the United States, and our vote made history.


  1. So cool---I used to take my kids with me to vote when they were young too. I am so excited to vote this year. I live in a very conservative area and I can't wait to stand in line and get my "I voted" sticker. I'll put it right next to my Obama lapel pin. MIME

  2. Well, thank goodness, now I know two votes have been cast for my team.

  3. I know we have every right to be worried (we've seen elections stolen before) but I really feel, deep down in my heart, that the truth is so strong and so right that it cannot be denied this time.

  4. Woo-hoo!!

    No early voting here in Maryland (it's actually on this election's ballot!). Mark wants us all to go together, but since it'll be so busy, I'm opting to go in the middle of the day, rather than add to the before-work madhouse.

    And I'm sure you know which way I'm voting!!

  5. Hey Karen, I'm happy to see you no matter who you're voting for!

  6. My eldest can vote this election, so we have three Obama supporters in our family. :)

    One of the most depressing things about visiting Arkansas was the number of confederate flags I saw. Also, I joined an Arkansas Homeschoolers' list a few weeks ago, and just now got a message from someone on the list about Obama being against homeschooling.

    I know that these two things don't represent the whole state, but, geez, I wish we were moving to Vermont or somewhere else really Blue, surrounded by Blue. :/

    Sounds like you guys had a Happy Voting Day!

  7. Hey Laura! Welcome back.

    When Lefty decided to take the job here at Trinity all our liberal friends practically threw an intervention to prevent us from moving to such a conservative and backwards place. My argument has always been, if smart liberal people don't live in the south, how will things ever change?

    But Vermont is awfully pretty...

  8. Hey, I got a little choked up, reading, and I grew up in the great white north where racism exists but is denied. I'm with you all the way!!! Here's the Obama for PResident!