Happy Election Day!
Here in Our Town, we decided a City Council race and one attempt to repeal a city ordinance. The Parents are quite fortunate: we drop The Kidling off at the before school program which happens to be held in our polling place. One stop shopping here, ladies and gentlemen.
Though I jest, this is oddly important to me. You see, I have always voted on election day with the rare exception when I am actually traveling on the day. Absentee ballots just don’t stir the same emotions in The Mama as does the march toward my cramped voting booth to exercise the franchise.
Excuse me while I wipe away the tears.
In addition to my melodramatic emotions, I vote on election day at my polling place for another reason. That’s right, The Kidling accompanies me to vote. We talk with her about voting, representative democracy, and the issues that are important to us while she interjects the occasional “Why” and “But I thought—”. I want her to understand that voting is her civic responsibility and it is not to be taken lightly.
So, this morning, she wiggled her little kidling self up next to me as I filled in my bubbles. I explained to her which candidates I was voting for when she gasped in dismay, “Why aren’t you voting for Barack Obama!?!”
Obama for Council. Quite the demotion from last year when she deemed you Boss of the World, eh Mr. President?