How my election day really turned out

As planned, I packed the children into the car to take them to vote yesterday, and started to tell them my usual stories about why voting matters. My older son is the type of child who says, "Mama, tell me the story of Rachel Carson and DDT again." So he was, as usual, a receptive audience. My kindergartner, not so much. "Mama," in a somewhat exasperated tone, "Mrs. Walsh read that to us already in our class magazine. I know all that already." Oh. Fine. Of course, she didn't--this is the same child who almost convinced his father, based on the amount of detail and narrative consistency, that instead of Spanish and Tech Ed. his class was having Ninja training lessons. But still it took the wind right out of my sails. And then we got to the polling place, and the line was immense, which I've never seen before, and I hadn't brought them anything with which they could occupy their sweet little selves, and I got stuck between McCain supporters, who were saying things such as "George Bush has made the country so much safer" so I left and came back in the evening without my children. Oh well. I tried.

I stayed up much later than my regular bedtime last night. Partly this is because my youngest announced just before bedtime that Mrs. Walsh had told them to make six model dinosaurs "from any material" and I didn't feel like arguing about it. But mainly, it was because I was glued to the New York Times website--I'm from Virginia originally and I just had to see if it went blue. So nail-biting, watching the last few counties reporting. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

And now, seeing as I am up at my usual time anyway, I shall go read about Zombie cheerleaders for the Cybils.


  1. You deserve to be reading a really fine book just now.

  2. Thanks! Actually, I couldn't find Zombie Blondes, so I read Sisters of the Sword instead, in one fell swoop...and enjoyed it very much!

  3. You should check out Discoverybox. They are great for Kids aged 9-12 and have a Turn your Parents Green competition on this month!

  4. Ah, I thought you were reading Generation Dead.

    I voted by absentee ballot, and was thinking that by the next election, I'd actually take my daughter to the polls in person, but then found out that it's supposed to be ALL absentee ballots next time. We'll see.

  5. yeah, all day I was anxious about waiting to take my daughter (also 5) with me to the polls - would there be a long line? would she be bored out of her mind? How would I be able to vote if... But it turned out , no lines and one lollipop later, to all go fine. She did say that she voted for Obama in their class vote, and when I asked her why, she said "I was going to vote for the last one, but then I changed my mind." when I asked her why she changed her mind, she couldn't remember. Ahhh... That's why 5 year olds can't actually vote!
    Glad you figured out the comment link thing - see how fun getting (and giving) comments can be?

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