Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's Time

We waited in line for 2 hours to vote for Barack Obama (yes, all of us, DS even voted in her 1st grade class).

The girls were excited about the vote, so we carried our Obama sign that we had saved since the rally in February. Not knowing the rules about carrying posters or electioneering (no signs etc. within 100 feet of the polling place), I was approached by a poll-worker about the disposal of my sign. Whoops. I was sad to see our little art project get thrown away...I couldn't even recycle it, because I was not home.

The girls did such a great job waiting patiently. By the time we made it from outside to in, we went into the booth, clicked our votes and popped out. Lil Sis exclaimed: "That was SHORT!" to the uproar of all the adults STILL waiting to vote in one of four booths.

Our adventure:



Watching the states turn blue last night was right up there with the Bulls 3-peating and Christmas morning. Sigh.

29 comments:

kj said...

Impressive teaching moments to your girls. Wow that was a long wait for the honor of voting for our next Pres. Similar to you and your sign, I wore my tshirt "vote for Pedro" with a small O button on the neck. Inside our stake center at 1:30 pm I was asked who my tshirt was campaigning for. I chuckled & along with few others (knew N. Dynamite) some oldsters were uninformed. Whew, happy I didn't have to remove my shirt. We went right to the voting machines no wait that time of day. We are very pleased & relieved (no Palin).

Anonymous said...

A sad day indeed. Now we'll see what Obama has promised.

Jen said...

That was a great idea to bring your camera to go vote....my fav Glass family video EVER! The background music was perfect and the the girls' answers were hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Didn't know that children under 18 could go in a booth to vote.....interesting. A little over the top, don't you think?

Kage said...

anon, I guess if I thought it was over the top, I wouldn't have done it! When I was a kid, I wore my bush/quayle (sp?) t shirt to school every week leading up to the election. I was totally into it. I know that experience gave me the confidence to run my own campaigns in junior high and high school for student government.

My children are bright, curious people who want to know what's behind the booth curtain. Since the pollsters ordered the removal of my sign, I infer that they would also order the restriction of my children in the booth if that was a "rule". I prepared my children for this, telling them they might not be allowed inside. Apparently it is not a rule, so of course they went in with me.

This election has been an amazing teaching experience. We have discussed primaries, the right to vote, why there has never been a woman president, why mom is an independent and dad is not, why grammy voted differently from papa, why grandma and grandpa voted different from mom and dad, why you don't have to talk about your vote if you don't want to.

We do not talk negatively about candidates in our home...we talk about the candidates, and what is cool about each of them and that individuals have the right to choose for themselves. That will always be the lesson in my home.

It's not sad. It's not over the top. It's just being educated and being an American. If your painbody (Eckart Tolle term) needs to speak out because your candidate lost, go find a bunch of other blogs today and spout your concerns, but I try to keep things positive here. I have tried hard not to disregard or disrespect the other candidates on this blog.

And, you will now be governed by Obama for the next 8 ; ) years, so take a breath and see how you can contribute to a better America.

Elizabeth S said...

I totally agree, Kage. My kids went with me to vote as well. And they also got to vote at school. And they each voted for different candidates; it was their decision. I don't want them to grow up and be the uninformed people I was so embarassed by yesterday. It's okay to not be happy about who won, but it is still our responsibility to show respect to the president and to teach our kids to do the same. Good for you for taking them!

Elizabeth S said...

And the video was awesome! I love that lil sis said she was going to win. I totally would have voted for her ;)

A-me said...

well said kage, well said.

Andrea said...

Well said Kage! Enough with the doomsday people - we always have to wait and see if a president will deliver on promises no matter WHAT party wins! I believe that motivating and inspiring hope in the people is a quality sorely lacking in many past presidents, and is a quality that should not be underestimated. Whether you like Obama or not, he is an intelligent and inspirational man who is going to be our president. Instead of everyone who voted for McCain sulking like toddlers and saying "i hope i can say i told you so" with tongue sticking out of mouth, why don't we be productive members of this country, try to be as Christ-like as possible and help this country toward a bright future. Which we CAN have!
Props to you Kage for taking your girls in - I think they will look back on the experience and feel like they were a part of history :)

Chloe said...

Anon, I vividly remember my parents bringing me into the voting booth when I was a little girl and teaching me hands on about voting. What an impression that made on me. If we don't TAKE our children to vote, take them into the booths, talk to them about the candidates and the process, then we are doing an enormous disservice to the next generation of voters.

I took my little girl into the booth to vote a few years ago - she still talks about it and she's only 4.

AWESOME video, Kage - very inspirational and what a great keepsake of an historic day.

Anonymous said...

i checked my daughter out of school to go vote with me. her class had been learning about the election process. they even made their own voter registration cards and had a mock election in their class. the people working the voting booths thought it was great that i brought her.
christy (dallas)

Rae said...

I distinctly remember my mother bringing me to vote with her at a local election in Philly. We went to town hall meetings and made our decisions. What an important part of our rights as Americans to vote for the candidate we feel is best! Way to bring your girls into the experience so that they understand NOW how important it is!

PS. Work in Chicago, have to say, last night was REALLY wild. :) I'm cautiously optimistic that Obama can truly bring much needed change to our country!

Rachel H said...

Good for you for keeping it positive. I have to admit that although I am sad, we have told our children that if our candidate did NOT win, we then move forward and support whoever becomes the NEW PRESIDENT. Becuase it is the right thing to do.

Lacey said...

I think it's cool that you got an actual booth to vote in. Mine was one of the electronic machines and you just stand there and touch the touch screen.

I too like having my children be apart of the election process and think it's important.

My girls had fun voting with me, we had zero wait though, so it was fast in fast out.

My oldest was very into the elections these past few days and was jumping up and down when we told her Obama had won.

A lot of politics give empty promises, so it's more about the R and D's working together in this tumultuous time and us as a nation coming together.

I think Obama was inspiring and that is one of the less political, more emotional, reasons I voted for him, besides the fact that I agreed with him on more subjects than McCain.

I love the video and so did my girls.

MKC said...

I think your video was awesome, the pictures brought tears to my eyes at the end. I don't think it was over the top at all. I live in CA and I have brought my daughters into the booth to vote for the last few years. It is the norm here to bring kids with you to vote, especially yesterday.

Ashley said...

I love the video! I 100% support you taking your kids to vote with you. I would've done the same if my kids hadn't been sick yesterday. I still remember my mom bringing me when she voted.

My 5 year old daughter also learned about the voting process at school and even though she "picked" a different candidate than my husband and I, we supported her and told her that she can choose whoever she wants to. :)

Laura said...

That was a adorable video! Wow you voting machines are much older than mine. We are all computers here.

I think its important kids learn about the process no matter what side your on.

More important than who won was teaching them the whole process etc...

HHRose said...

First of all, Kage: props to you. You are a great mom. I'd continue to gush, but you've heard it from me before. :o)

Second, to Anon: I also took my son with me to vote--and he's only 2 months old. It's a tradition that my husband and I agreed to begin this early, to teach our son the importance, the excitement, and (frankly) the process of casting a ballot.

Kage said...

Hi everybody, thanks for stopping by today. I had another thought regarding anon's (above) words:

"A little over the top, don't you think?"

A. I read this as over the top = negative or uncalled for...but the definition of over the top suggests that this is not a negative phrase. my bad.

B. So, if you meant it as dictionary.com defines it, than yes! over the top! Woo-hoo! I think I am over the top a lot!

C. Anonymous posters that post negative comments (again, maybe this was a positive one, see A), hmmm...it always makes me pause and think: If you (poster) don't have enough courage to own/post your name, then I wish for you courage and moxie! And in the case of this particular thread, American Spirit.

D. unrelated note: HARD to find a paper today....finally got my hands on a Daily News....whoosh.

Rane said...

I think taking our kids with us to vote is one of the most important lessons we can teach them as moms and as Americans. I took both boys out in the pooring rain to go and vote. I read the questions to Collin. He wanted to push my answers and was happy to get his "I Voted" sticker!

And hopefully the years to come will be full of much needed Change!

Rane said...

too bad i suck in spelling...it should read pouring...haha

Evie Parks said...

I think it is totally awesome that you brought your kids along with you to vote. Although kids can't cast a vote themselves, they have also been hearing about this election, day and night, for at least a few months. I think it's great for them to see the end result and to witness the right to vote, which so many others don't have.

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merathon said...

i've taken my kids to vote with me ever since they were babies! they love coming and talking about voting. my kindergartener got to vote in her school and they talked a TON about the election and the candidates there. i was amazed at the things she would come home talking about--so great!

i love that you made this little video. i wish i would have thought about doing something like that, although ours would have been a lot more boring since at the time we went, we had ZERO wait time!

Beth said...

I knew you would have a fun post today. I took my kids too. So cool. And we barely had a booth. You could have easily seen what people on either side were voting if you had wandering eyes. Seemed a little old school to me, but oh well... Such an exciting time!

nowlze said...

kage!!! love the video--it made me cry for about the millionth time today!

you have such fun with your girls. it's so great to see.

Sue said...

Took mine with me to vote too...all four of them. It WAS NOT a peaceful experience. Luckily, Ben came home from work and met us just in time to take them out of the courthouse atrium and left me to vote in peace. I was glad to be able to show them what happened, and how it worked, like you. We too, like another commenter above, respect the process and the choice of our fellow Americans even though we didn't vote for Obama. I hope he will be a blessing to the country we all love.

Heather said...

That was SO funny to watch! The song had both Jed and I up and dancing. Obama '08

LJ said...

Hey Kage- thanks for sharing the cool video! I personally was THRILLED to have Obama elected president! As a fellow Chicago girl, watching the celebration in Chicago also reminded me of the awesome Bulls 3 Peat back in the day. :) Wasn't it so cute to see his little girls and wife waving after his speech? I believe that Obama will be an outstanding leader of change and hope. It is so uplifting to read your thoughts of support about Obama, as compared to the majority of people, even the news organizations, here in Utah LDS conservative country where the majority of people are depressed that McCain and the Republicans lost. I have a hard time understanding why many LDS people judge and believe that it is wrong for an LDS member to agree with and vote for a liberal, pro-choice, civil rights equality believing Democratic leader like Obama. It's great to know that there are LDS Moms for Obama too!