I am writing this blog while I am at work, but will have to actually post it later on tonight. I just have to get this out while I am thinking about it. I just returned from voting at the Senior Citizen Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The women in there that were volunteering were elderly and as Mike and I sat there re-registering (we did register at the fair, but think it didn’t get sent in) we were razzing each other about remembering our old addresses. Mike was saying he wasn’t as high maintenance as me and I stuck my tongue out at him. I realized just how special those little moments are when the lady across the table said, “I don’t have anyone to argue with like that, I just argue with myself sometimes and it has been that way for years.” She was laughing as she said it and then the other lady agreed with her. I asked if they had pets and they both said that they didn’t. I am certain at some point they had someone to go home and fight with or stick their tongue out at. Those moments are special! Don’t take them for granted. Don’t waste them away. Fighting, crying, laughing, screaming, whispering, or just talking in brief moments ARE special and will never be replicated again. They may be mimicked, but never quite the same.
The other reason I am writing right now is that I just returned from voting at the Senior Citizen Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho! VOTING! This is a historic race and I was just a part of history. I JUST WAS a PART of HISTORY! No matter who you voted for you are a part of history this time around. I am so excited that I just had to write about it. Who wouldn’t take part and use the gift that we have as Americans to freely cast a vote for the person that we want to see in the office of PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES! It’s a right that people have fought and died for, people have marched for and petitioned for.
In Obama’s speech on February 10, 2007 he stated how I feel right now and I am going to change it a little bit to come from my heart.
We all made this journey to vote today for a reason. It's humbling and exciting, but in our hearts I know we didn’t come here just to vote Obama, we came here because we believe in what this country can be. In the face of war, we believe there can be peace. In the face of despair, we believe there can be hope. In the face of a politics that's shut us out, that's told us to settle, that's divided us for too long, we believe we can be one people, reaching for what's possible, building that more perfect union.
I believe in change. The last time I respected a president was when I was little and probably only because of my dad talking about him. It was President Reagan. Since that time it has seemed that the presidency has been a joke! I want a man in office that I can respect, that drives a passion in me, that makes me believe that I am a part of a bigger event in this country. I don’t want someone that wavers back and forth, I want someone that stands firm for what they believe and fights for the majority of the American people.