Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I Voted Today!

Well...I dropped off my ballot to be more specific. Although I didn't get my free Starbucks or Krispy Cream or Ben and Jerry's ice cream, I did bake some "I Voted" cookies. Oatmeal Walnut Toffee cookies. Yum!

"I voted for Obama. Who did you vote for?" That is what I heard all day at work today. No, I do not have incredibly rude or tactless co-workers. My second graders were saying that. (Oh, really? You voted?) I took it as a good indicator that Washington State was going to go "Blue."

After much debating and searching for a "none of the above" option, I cast my vote. I was definitely one of those undecided voters. Conflicted would be a more accurate description. My conservative and religious family background fiercely battled my union-member-work-for-the-government-professional self and, in the end, the former came out on top. Just barely. My professional self, however, prevailed in the Washington State Gubernatorial race. Sorry, Dino. (And what kind of word is "Gubernatorial" anyway?!)
When it comes right down to it, I really don't like politics or elections. All the teachers at my school were so excited about this whole election season; lunch hour was starting to get on my nerves. I think I've figured out why I do not like elections--someone has to lose. That makes me sad. As I think of all the time and effort each candidate put forth, it seems like such a waste that someone had to lose. Senator McCain's concession speech was, while heart breaking, so eloquent. He was a very gracious loser, and frankly it was the most respect I felt for him to date. Too bad there had to be a loser.


K Harker said...

I took both my kids with me when I went to vote, hoping I wouldn't regret it later and it actually wasn't too bad. J balled as soon as I walked in the door, I think he thought I was going to leave him there with all those old people. But after they gave the kids "I voted today" stickers they were happy! Any way there is my voting experience.
I remember in 6th grade we did an "election" on election day I think it was when Ross Pero was running any way I could have cared less about politics then.

Anonymous said...

Wendy, it is a good thing for you to be somewhat--or possibly--very conflicted on whom to vote for. You would seem to recognize the importance of the franchise so valiantly fought for by innumerable patriots, many who gave the last full measure. It is a right we should appreciate and exercise with gratitude and that as often as allowed. We are a nation of free men and women because others were willing to defend those rights. My hope is we will never take those rights for granted. Dad

Pocahontas said...

This is the first year I ever voted! Sad, I know. I'm glad it's over though.

I will be coming to WA for Christmas. That's what is so great about this job. I can usually take off whenever I need to.