Today is Tuesday, May 3rd, and I live in Indiana. This means that at 7:15 this morning I stood in line with other like-minded citizens to cast my vote in the Indiana Primary Election That For The First Time In Human History Mattered To Anybody.
But, my question is....don't they all matter?
Like everybody else in the good 'ol You Ess of Aay, I'm ready for this to be over, but that fatigue makes me a little mad. As a kid, my parents taught me that it is a sacred right and duty as a person living here to be informed and engaged and be kind and to pick up after myself and to vote.
And so I do my level best to drown out the chatter and to understand where everybody's coming from and then I go to my polling place and I do my thing.
But (and here's the weird part, I think)... I hold that vote as my personal right and I prefer to keep it secret. Yes, I am happy to think about and discuss and debate issues and thoughts and opinions on stuff both big and small, but deep down I feel like it should be my business who I finally vote for.
I'm not a campaign worker or an elected official or a person in any sense able to change the course of human history, but I am a person who feels like it's OK to believe in things passionately and not feel compelled to always bring the rest of the planet around to my way of seeing things. Maybe that says more about me and my crazypants lack of self-esteem than it does about my willingness to exert influence, but I say...it's all good, people. We've got a lot of important stuff to do and a lot of interesting ways to go about doing it.
So I hope you will forgive me if I spend what little energy I have on the doing rather than the hollering today.
Stewey and Bosco are sleeping in the sunshine, the laundry is sploshing about in the sploshing machine, and I've got a gorgeous piece of needlework to finish today. I'm thinking that a few good movies, an afternoon snoozy nap, and then a sensible dinner (and not the hot dogs that I've had rattling around in my brain for two days) and we'll be able to call it a good day.
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