I like feeling American.
Some people like celebrity gossip magazines, but I prefer political gossip. I love reading what this person says about that. What so and so said to who. Who thinks what. I know this makes me weird. Everyone on facebook keeps saying "Thank goodness it is over!" Part of me agrees with this--elections make people really nasty to each other. But another part of me thinks things are going to get a lot more boring quite soon.
There, that is my confession for the day.
Because I like reading all this stuff, it is very easy for me to get worked up about it. To care who is in power. To care about who was unjust in saying thus and so. To think it will make a massive difference in who wins. Today, after obsessively reading political articles, political projections, and checking exit polls, I went to feed Elsie. And I suddenly realized that whoever wins tomorrow, I will still have to read Mike Mulligan and Rosemary Wells' Mother Goose to my boy-o. Elsie will still giggle when I make kissey noises at her. I will still like fall evening walks. I will still love to see my kids run through leaves. I will still love sunshine.
All the best things of being American, freedom, pursuit of happiness, and peace are never up for vote. Sure, I think my guy will do a better job of keeping those for us. But neither one will actually ruin life for us. The president isn't a dictator--he doesn't have the power to ruin our lives.
So I am now able to obsessively check election maps and polls with perspective. At least until the polls close and they start recording votes.
I love elections!
Walking to the polls
Town clock on the way home