Can you tell me your stories please? Of long lines… of eager faces… of ballots folded and mailed… of screens touched… of stickers affixed?
I just spoke with Little Mary as she waited in a tremendously long line at her polling place in big city. She spoke of being in line with people she recognizes from subway platforms or the laundry mat… she spoke of kids comparing stuffed animals across a great big gym in which the line of citizens snaked… she spoke of the energy in a church in which she preached on Sunday morning in which women were in the pews who had grandparents who were slaves…
Just got a series of text messages from J of the GW Bush car fame, perhaps those of you who followed me from the old blog will remember him. It is nice. Now that I am not his pastor we talk politics directly and energetically. And we share political convictions for the most part. And he’s passionate. He texted, and I quote, picking up at the part that will make some sense to you, “…election so excited could pee my pants never anything like this” To which I replied referencing the friend with whom I had just spoken and then saying “U vote yet? Obama have fans in [more cows] county? Yes it is an exciting day. I need 2 write but not focused.” To which he replied “[Nearby City Paper] has poll # obama wins [more cows] co unbelievable voted at 8 feels like best ever christmas looks like great day for america”.
Friends, the county I left behind is RED!!!! RED!!!! RED!!!! But it might be BLUE today! How exciting is that!
So I’m hooked and I need more fixes. If you haven’t voted yet, please go do so and then come tell me your story (even if you’re voting for someone else… i want to hear) and if you have voted… let me know how and when. I did so weeks ago and you can read about that FABULOUS experience here.
I have NEVER been so excited about an election in my life. I have NEVER believed in a candidate so strongly as I believe in Obama.
But I am nervous. The last two presidential elections taught me the danger of hope.
We’re gathering with friends from school tonight and we’re providing the fondue. Kev’s family has a tradition of fondue on the occasion of presidential elections and that is one pretty cool tradition we’re keeping alive.
I REALLY need to write defenses for my final disputation on Thursday, but I REALLY want to just keep checking news and reading stories.
So, I’m going to shut my browser down now. And when I get my defenses written I’m going to come back and I hope there are stories to read!