Last week Alex and I went into our town hall on a Tuesday evening to vote absentee. Our town is small and we didn't have to wait long, but there was a line and the place was hopping for 5pm. After I filled in that little black circle next to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, I was feeling elated but mostly I felt like I was jacked on caffeine--I mean, I was jacked on caffeine, but I was getting one serious Obama rush. I did it, we had done it. We voted, we didn't have to worry about long-lines, last minute emergenicies, barfy kids or Nor-Easters.
Now, I'm normally a news junkie, but I usually satisfy my news fix by reading from the internet and some newspapers and magazines. This fall, however, our tv has been on in the early morning and again in the evening for some Maddow and Olbermann fixes, followed by The Daily Show bedtime laughs and groans. And yes, my parents raised us in front of the evening news and reading The New Yorker for fun and papered our walls with maps and I should mention that I got my B.A. in Poltical Science...so I'm not just a news junkie, but a political news junkie. So in this house, we paper our windows with campaign signs, attend rallys and work phone banks. I didn't work the phone bank (I don't enjoy phones) but Alex and our 11 year old daughter did, for three hours and she wanted to do more.
That's been the best part of this enitre election season, I think--that we can share it with our incredibly well-informed children. I fully expect to be pouring mugs of tea, baking cookies and sitting by the fire with our two kids until very late Tuesday evening watching the voting results. Until then we will have to remain hopeful, keep ourselves busy, have more discussions, pace the house a few thousand more times and yes, turn on the tube for the latest polls. It won't be enough of a fix, but it will have to do. So get your vote out, get your friends and family out to vote, bake something, drink that fair trade coffee and wait until Wednesday morning. Maybe this will help--
just looking out my window gives us a new view, a hope for the future. Let it be so, because we certainly could use a change of scenery.