(Tuesday 11pm update: Michael was right…Obama is our President elect. I just finished jumping up and down and clapping my hands. People are screaming “Obama” in my Harlem neighborhood…the joy is unbelievable!)
Usually, I try to take a break from writing on Wednesdays, but I just have so much to share – especially this week.
I must say that I’m so glad that this election is over. As I write this post, I have no idea who won. I hope that it’s Obama but the world won’t end if it’s McCain either. I just hope that we (as Americans) will support WHOEVER wins. They will need all of our support and frankly, I’m so tired of all the divisiveness of late.
Michael in the Booth
Sean’s “Hand” In This Vote
Sealing My Vote
In any event, the pictures are of me in the voting booth with my two boys. (My husband voted after work and school.) The thing that I love about living under a democracy is that every vote counts. I’m happy to be able to involve my kids in the process. On Monday, I told Michael (my four years old son) that we would be voting on Tuesday. He asked if he would be able to vote. When I said no (because of his age), he wasn’t too happy. So, I told him that I would vote for him and asked him whom he wanted me to choose. “Barack Obama,” he said with a big smile. “He’s going to be the President of the United States!” We’ll see if Michael was right….
On Tuesday, the lines were long (about an hour and a ½ wait), but the mood was festive. As we waited, people would drive by and yell “Obama!” out of their windows. (I was thinking to myself, “They better have voted too!”) The elderly people in line were sweet and funny. One went and bought some goodies for the kids waiting in line. Another had several of us laughing. He said something to the effect of, “I’m out here standing in this long line. Obama better win. If he doesn’t, I’m going to go beat him up for wasting my time.” All in all, the wait was relatively painless. Michael declared that “the vote thing” was his “favorite part of the day”. Mine’s too!
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