I ROCKED my vote today, literally. My friend and I dropped off our ballots and the whole city was a buzz with excitement. I texted all my friends this morning and wished them a happy election day. I sent silly comments to some of my friends on myspace. It was such an exciting day, for me!
We drove down to the court house. My armed with my ballot and our other friend's ballot, her with her ballot. We dropped them into the box and it was awesome! I cheered with her and with an Obama supporter. It was a few moments full of simplistic joy, laughter, light-heartedness, fun jabbing, and a HUGE moment of be so proud of myself and this country. We joked that if I didn't have our other friend's ballot with us, then each of our votes would have canceled each other's out. In our little house, Obama won. Much to my friend's disappointment. Then, of course, we went to Starbucks and got our coffee.
As the day wore on and everything was being counted and tallied and it became clear who our new president will be, it was surreal. My children were jumping around cheering for our new president, even though they don't quite understand the impact of it. Nae understands more then Zilla, of course. But still, have those 2 be excited for something that didn't involve a video game or a computer screen was pretty exciting for me, as their mom.
I sat on the couch and watch Barack Obama speak and I was impressed! I got the chills, I was a bit teary, it was a very moving speech. I was so proud to be a part of all of this. I am proud that our new president has a heritage that I can relate to. I am proud to say that he lived in a country that my family is from. Presently and in his/our past. It's pretty amazing!
My only wish is that his race wasn't an issue. I wish people could look at someone for who they are, not what they look like or who they want to spend their lives with. That's the only part of all of this that upsets me. I'm a Polly Anna like that.
I am excited for the future of our country. I can't wait to see how this story unfolds. For the moment, I congratulate Barack Obama on his win.