Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Yes we can

I wore my "I Voted" sticker all day and felt very proud about it.  I watched the results come in on "mute" during dinner and then "out loud" while the kids were getting ready for bed.  Chris made a fire, and our first snow fell outside the window, as the announcement was made.  I feel so much more this election.  I feel hopeful.  McCain's speech was so gracious and Obama's was so inspirational.  

My dad and I argued yesterday about our respective choices for president.  His opinions were so deeply rooted that nothing I said mattered.  His voice rose - mine couldn't as I was wandering around Costco, but I also was truly trying to stay calm so that I could intelligently give him my differing views.  Chris asked me why I bothered.  I have to.  I can't just ignore what's going on in our country.  My dad has seen so much - he's a Depression baby, but I'm not - and I have kids and grandkids to worry about.  

I don't think I'll call him for a few days.  I can't wait for the kids to wake up so I can tell them.   For the first time, in a very long time, I feel hopeful.  It's somewhat of a cliche', but I really feel it.  "The times, they are a changin'"


Cat said...

Hopeful-y-ness has found a spot in my tiny, tin heart as well!

Amalia said...

My dad is the only Republican I know...he was out for a visit this past weekend and we did a lot of talking. In the end, I accept the fact that my father has always been a Republican and will most likely always be a Republican...even if the sky is falling. Hugs!

musing said...

I felt compelled to talk to my mom about the candidates, too. I think this was one of the most important elections we've had in a long time. I knew it wouldn't change her vote, but I still had to share with her the reasons for my choice (who won, btw). :)

Laura said...

Where are you?