Obligatory Post-Election Post

I voted!

Yesterday my three year old daughter stood outside in line for an hour with my husband and I so that we could vote in the presidential election. She got a cookie and sticker and some apple sauce out of the deal, so it wasn’t a total waste of time for her.

Here are some political-type things that made me happy yesterday, as well as thankful and proud:

  1. The people waiting in line with us were all very understanding of BB’s frequent outbursts and temper tantrums. She tried to be patient with us but it was a very long line and her parents kept asking her to wear mittens. Seriously.
  2. Free cookies from, I’m assuming, the staff at Meriter hospital. Just when we stepped inside and saw that there was still a pretty long line ahead of us indoors, we were greeted by a table of cookies that smelled and tasted delicious – and kept little BB happy for another ten minutes!
  3. We went to volunteer in my son’s classroom later that morning and his teacher was doing a mock election in the classroom. I supervised fifteen six and seven year olds as they elected their choice of president. I explained how their vote should be anonymous and “blind” as in, don’t tell me who you are voting for or ask me who you should vote for. Afterwards the teacher opened the ballot box and we counted the votes and marked each vote with a tally mark on a big sheet of paper. My son, MM, got to mark the tallies. So of the sixteen votes (the teacher let my daughter vote, too), fourteen kids voted for Barack Obama (or Oomabooma as my six year old sometimes calls him) and two voted for Romney. I found out later that both of those votes were my own children. Now being an Obama supporter you might think this would bother me, but one – I’m proud of my children for making their own choices and not being swayed by the few political decisions they have heard in the house this year. Two, my six year old’s reasoning was simply that Obama (Oomabooma) has already been president and he thinks someone else should get a turn now. How can I be upset with my son advocating sharing and taking turns? And three, my three year old cannot read and just drew a happy face next to one of the names – it happened to be Mitt Romney. I watched her do it and decided to let my ego go and embrace her right to free speech.
  4. I woke up this morning to the news that Mr. President had won the election and now has another four years to finish what he’s started (for better or worse some may say). Congratulations to Barack Obama and his family and administration – make us proud!
  5. I’d also like to congratulate Tammy Baldwin who was elected Wisconsin’s first openly gay senator. “I didn’t run to make history,” said Baldwin in her victory speech. “I ran to make a difference, a difference in the lives of families struggling to find work and pay the bills.” (quote from Yahoo News and Baldwin’s victory speech)
  6. Lastly, I am very thankful that (pretty soon) there will be an end to all of the political discussion. Now we can focus on more important things like the upcoming holidays, whether it’s snowing or not and who should win X-Factor this season!

This is likely the first post I’ve written on politics on this blog and the last one you should expect to see anytime in the foreseeable future, likely until the next major election. Happy Wednesday everyone!