Today is election day, a day to exercise our civic duty and vote for the people we want to run our government. I take it very seriously. Voting is a privilege and a right. My very first election was 1980. I was barely 18 years old and away at school that election day. I voted via absentee ballot. The race was between Reagan, Carter and Anderson. Reagan won by a mile. I voted for Anderson. I was young and idealistic and not too uninformed. (I am still very idealistic).
I once took my little poodle Nikki to vote with me, tucked her in my coat and pulled that curtain closed. The guy outside the booth heard her cry and I got the strangest look look when I cranked that curtain open. After we were first married, I found that my new husband did not share my zest for the American dream to vote. He missed an election and I was having none of that. I admit this to you all, and I am not proud of it: I forged his signature and registered him to vote. Whew, that was cathartic. I have never admitted that out loud. I registered him as the Republican he is (and I am not). I thought it best to register him as a Republican for fear my young marriage would have ended right then and there!
So this morning I went to spin class at 5am and by 6:30 I was signed in and ready to vote. I think it is the coolest thing to vote and as I passed my neighbors and friends on the sidewalk outside Town Hall, I realized and hoped that they too feel the same way. It doesn’t matter who you vote for, just vote.
Today like most days, I worried. I worry about my husband, his health and his business. I worry about my kids schoolwork, basketball tryouts and their health. I worry about my job and am I doing a good job and playing a role in the company’s growth. I worry and I really and thankfully have no reason to worry. These thoughts that stay in my head take up space and it is time they leave. I know many people who feel this way too. We need to change it.
Today I had a doctor appointment with a Cardio Thoracic Surgeon. A few weeks ago a chest x-ray showed a small nodule in my right lung. I had a CT scan last week and the appointment today. This man was kind and warm and smart and reassuring and told me I was fine. I explained to him that I am Italian and by definition, that means that any pain or nodule means I will be dead in three days regardless of his diagnosis and opinion. In this case, thankfully, he was correct. Today I am blessed to have family and friends and their support. (Deb/Brian, you are the best) and Zumba ladies give THE best hugs. I am thankful and believe me, I don’t take any of it for granted.
Today was a good day. I know that for one for one of the presidential candidates, this day will not end on a happy note. They both tried hard and campaigned hard and are willing to sacrifice a great deal to be our President. I wish them both good luck and to the one who wins this election, today his life has changed and tomorrow is a new day. Don’t waste it.