11/02/2004

Election day Story: New mom woes and pride

My post at daily kos

Being the clueless mom of an American kindergartner for the first time, I had no idea school was out today (1)

I planned to vote after her class ended, at 3pm, to avoid the possibility of getting stuck in line and getting her late for class.

I spent the entire morning itching to vote, reading Kos and other fabulous sites, fretting over Kerry, fretting over getting my 5 yr. old ready for school

Me, my 3 yr. old and my 5 yr. old sat outside waiting for the bus, singing Kerry Rimes(2):
Vote for Kerry, cause Bush is scary!

Vote for Kerry, cause Bush is mush

And my favorites, by my 5 yr old poetic genius:
Vote for Kerry, cause Bush needs a kick on his tush!

Vote for Kerry; cause Bush's tush is hairy!


Her school bus didn't show up. I drove her to school

Well you know what happened, right ? Not quite. I had to run out of her school before I burst into tears, of pride, of hope...




I figured we missed her bus while I posted yet one more alert to the brave souls that are out there GOTV. So I drove to her school, cussing under my breath about the kind of mom who would let her kid arrive late for school over politics..

We got to her empty classroom and after feeling like saying the biggest DUH in history, my 2 kids and I were heading back home.

In our way out, we passed through were the polling was. Having read John Edwards tale on how his late son Wade(3) dreamed of voting but never got the chance, I decided to make the election a "big event" for my kids:
I said: See kids, this is the most important thing you need to do in America, to make America great: Vote.

"What about pledging allegiance to the flag ?" asks my budding genius kindergartner, immediately launching into her pledge, which she has just learned

"Well, that too, but part of the allegiance you pledge is to protect the Republic and what it stands for" I answer

At this point, a few of the voters, officials start to join in, explaining to my two little angels (ha!) why voting is so important and what the Republic stands for. GOP and DNC united without bickering, for a whole ten minutes, teaching the new generation what America is all about.


I had to run out of there before I burst into tears, of pride, of hope, for a new era in this country, were we all put our differences aside, to care for our future generations!

(1) Motherhood is kind of new to me
. Me and my husband were the typical yuppie couple, double income, no kids (DINK) for the longest time. All our friends are still DINKS and the family? Is overseas...

This election year, trying to ensure a good future for my "pride and joy", and missing some adult conversation during the day, I started blogging, chatting, flaming, discussing, cussing, you name it.

Needless to say it made my new mom of 2 hectic day even more impossible, and my nights even more sleepless

I spent the entire morning itching to vote, reading Kos and other fabulous sites, fretting over Kerry, fretting over getting my 5 yr old ready for school, dazed & confuse from lack of sleep, nerves over election, nerves over her school (already ? wasn't I supposed to be done after the potty training ?) And the rest is this story...

(2) Kerry Rimes - A must for the democrat chick parent!

(3) Remembering Wade Edwards, The son of our soon to be Vice President, Wade would be 24 this year.

Bush will be drafting a lot of 24 yr old young men and women, and making a lot of American families go through what the Edwards went through, if Kerry / Edwards don't stop him.

Bush has already made roughly 1,000 families go through the pain of losing a loved one....

FANCY CLOTHES AND OVERALLS

BY WADE EDWARDS

A little boy and his father walk into a firehouse. He smiles at people standing outside. Some hand pamphlets to his father. They stand in line. Finally, they go together into a small booth, pull the curtain closed, and vote. His father holds the boy up and shows him which levers to move.

"We're ready, Wade. Pull the big lever now."

With both hands, the boy pulls the lever. There it is: the sound of voting. The curtain opens. The boy smiles at an old woman leaving another booth and at a mother and daughter getting into line. He is not certain exactly what they have done. He only knows that he and his father have done something important. They have voted.

This scene takes place all over the country.

"Pull the lever, Yolanda."

"Drop the ballot in the box for me, Pedro."

Wades, Yolandas, Pedros, Nikitas, and Chuis all over the United States are learning the same lesson: the satisfaction, pride, importance, and habit of voting. I have always gone with my parents to vote. Sometimes lines are long. There are faces of old people and young people, voices of native North Carolinians in southern drawls and voices of naturalized citizens with their foreign accents. There are people in fancy clothes and others dressed in overalls. Each has exactly the same one vote. Each has exactly the same say in the election. There is no place in America where equality means as much as in the voting booth.

My father took me that day to the firehouse. Soon I will be voting. It is a responsibility and a right. It is also an exciting national experience. Voters have different backgrounds, dreams, and experiences, but that is the whole point of voting. Different voices are heard.

As I get close to the time I can register and vote, it is exciting. I become one of the voices. I know I will vote in every election. I know that someday I will bring my son with me and introduce him to one of the great American experiences: voting.

© 1996 Wade Edwards Foundation

http://www.wade.org/


To Wade, from a Mom of 2:
Wade, your Dad is about to become Vice-President. How I wish you could be here to see it. You're remembered tonight.

Wade, your mom, dad, brothers and sisters are very brave. Surviving without you has not been easy for them.

To survive and also find the strength to go against the Bush Cabal takes even more courage.

I hope you can see how happy we are that they did. How proud we are of your father is our (hopefully) new Vice-President.

We are proud of your mom who stood by your Dad during all those hard months of dirty politics and we are proud of your brothers and sisters, who gave us voters even more reason to admire and respect your Dad.

Wherever you are right now Wade, know this: We admire you too. We are proud of you too. Because you helped make your Dad and your family who they are today.

Now go have a round of manna with the other angels. It's on us, to thank you for helping make your family be who they are today.

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