Election Day in the U.S.
Today, Americans exercise one of our greatest freedoms: The privilege to vote.
Don’t forget to cast your ballot today, Living Large community. If you don’t like who is on the ballot, remember you have the power to write someone in.
My parents were very informed voters; my dad never missed a newspaper each morning and my mom was a 24 hour news junkie before cable was even invented.
They instilled a civic responsibility for voting in me at an early age. My parents always went to vote when my dad got off work. I accompanied them up to my elementary school gymnasium and waited outside the little booths as they pulled the magic curtain, which reminded me of the Wizard of Oz.
Mom would always have a pot of something on, either chili or soup, so all she had to do was ladle it up into bowls when we got home.
It was a rite of passage I looked forward to, and I’ve never missed an election.
Politics also seemed then a thing that only the closest of family members discussed in the privacy of their own homes. Businesses did not wear politics on their sleeves, and neighbors weren’t hurling insults at each other through social media.
I recently learned that my own Godmother, who was my mother’s best friend, had very different political leanings than my mom. I never knew this when they were both alive, although they each must have been aware of it, yet it never came between them.
Dale and I will make the trip up to our fire station when he gets home from work today to cast our votes, or as my dad sometimes called it, “our right to complain if our guy doesn’t win.”
Just remember that no matter who wins, the sun will still rise on Wednesday and we will all still wake up Americans, living in one of the most blessed nations on earth.
Do you have memories of past elections either watching your parents vote or the first time you voted? Let’s please not discuss modern politics in this forum, as this is still a much divided nation and I want this to be a political-free safe haven for our community, open to everyone.