Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election 2008

Growing up my parents had a big burlap banner that hung on the wall of the cottage we lived in all summer at the camp my parents ran. The banner said, "Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future." I can't look at the three photos below (taken this morning) without thinking of that banner.


The boys are sporting their "BarackO" shirts today and have a pretty decent grasp of the basics of a big presidential election. Here's what they know: a) the president is the "boss of the whole country," b) the country we live in is the United States of America, c) we elect our presidents here by voting, d) voting means you choose which person you want to be president, e) voting is important, f) not every country designates their leaders this way, g) here in the U.S. people 18 and older can vote [they are --understandably so-- very perturbed that children can't vote], h) today we are choosing between Barack Obama and John McCain, i) our family wants BarackO, j) it is very exciting and Mommy and Papi are all revved up about it. If only it were all that simple. There's a lot more for them to learn in the years to come... obviously. The magnitude of this historic moment in our country's past-present-future is pretty much lost on them. But I hope that someday they'll 'get it.' In the meantime, they are pretty pumped up about the parts of it they do 'get.' And they know 'it' must be huge because we actually turned the t.v. on this morning and had the news on while we got ready for breakfast (the t.v. is basically never on while the boys are awake). Later today we'll be bringing them with us to vote so that: a) they can see it in action, and b) so that we can always tell them that they came with us to vote in that monumental election when --*HOPE*FULL*Y*-- BarackO became president and a corner was turned in our nation's history. BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE! OBAMA FOR CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the J-M 3 watching the election coverage closely

11 comments:

Nikki said...

LOVE their shirts! I am Canadian so obviously can't vote, but am proudly wearing my Obama shirt today!!

AJ's mommy said...

I read your blog everyday but don't get to comment much. You have a beautiful family!!!!

I love the picture of all 3 of them sitting watching TV!!!

Jess said...

We're all sporting our Obama gear in WI today! Here's to HOPE!

Anonymous said...

Canvassing in NH with a young Haitian was especially encouraging. There were lots of volunteers with us in both NH and PA so we really can hope!

Gail

Kristen said...

I'm wearing my "BarackO" shirt with K&O !!! I love the photos-- I'm sure the boys are going to have memories from this experience forever!

Anonymous said...

GO OBAMA!!!!

-lori

Claudia and John said...

Love the sweet pictures. Such lovable happy kids.

We are also voting for Obama. Our kids did voting in their high school so that they were able to see what it was like to vote when they are 18. Of course Obama won by a land slide.

Here's hoping.

Love and Hugs,
Claudia

Anonymous said...

Fantastic that you are in a state that "counts". We voted in NY when the polls opened. We are waiting with baited breath.

Erin

Phyl said...

Hooray PA!!!!!

Amina said...

Go swing state Obama fans! It's looking good!

insanemommy said...

YES.WE.CAN!!!! Are you coming to Washington girlie??