Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Before the Storm

Phoebe and I just got back from voting, and I feel so full of optimism.

Geoff and I differ about the business of voting. He decided this year to do a permanent "mail-in" ballot, while I like going to the polling place and talking with the old ladies.

It feels more authentic for me if I'm there with a bunch of people, and I have to show up.

It feels good to show up and sign my name.

I feel confident walking to the booth, and carefully filling in my bubbles and being in a room full of people voting.

Today was not a disappointment, as one of the old ladies (and one old man!) each gave Phoebe an "I voted" sticker.

As I was leaving, I saw an elderly woman getting her oxygen tank out of the backseat of her car, before she walked inside. And I thought "Yes, that is what's great." It's the gathering together and making the effort. And the belief that your voice does matter enough to take the time to do it.

Regardless of what happens in the election, I can't help but feel this rousing bit of optimism on voting day. I've done my part, you do yours, and we go about our lives, each confident in our decisions.

And now we wait.

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