Civic Duty

The Parakeet and the Huz have had MSNBC on a lot these days. It’s partly because the Huz is home a bit more right now, waiting on some work.  It’s also because one of their Netflix spots is taken up by the Keet’s workout DVD 🙂

But mostly- it is because the Nation’s economy is in shambles AND it’s affecting these two AND it’s only eleven days from a very important election.
They realized last weekend that their voter cards had old addresses on them, therefore they wouldn’t be able to vote on November 4th. Pretty upsetting. But after doing a little online research and walking to the library and talking to a nice research librarian, they found out there was a grace period until Tuesday where they could update their address and vote at the same time.

So, on Tuesday afternoon, they put Little O in the Snugli (bjorn-ish pack) and walked to the el to go downtown. That’s right – Little O got his first el ride — and for such a good reason!

They went to the county court building and stood in a Loooooong line.  At the front of this line, which did admittedly move quickly, they changed their addresses.  Then they got in the back of an even longer line to vote.  This line was insane.  There was some pushing and some snaking around corners and some very close ‘touches’.  It was sort of exciting, though, to be downtown in a major city – with all different kinds of people who were taking time out of their day to vote.  Actually, it was sort of overwhelming to think about for too long. People in this line were of all different races, ages, some did not speak English — but in this country –all their votes count the same! Kind of a “proud to be an American” moment, really. 

Sidenote: When the Parakeet was in first grade and her classroom was one quarter of the auditorium because of over-crowding, the Principal played the “proud to be an american” song after the Pledge of Allegiance. Every Day.  And every day each little first grader stood up when the song said “Stand Up, next to you…”

Anyway, in the second Looooong line, a woman noticed the Huz with a hot and stirring baby strapped to his chest and moved them to the front of the line.  The Keet and Huz went to their separate voting machines – electronic this time, the Parakeet had never used one of those.  They took their receipts and headed back for the el ride home.  They felt good, voting, and giving the tiny one a quick lesson in civic duty. Why not go as a family?

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One response to “Civic Duty

  1. Good job guys! I’m impressed. Our voting story will not be as exciting…walk to Don Carlos or now La Lena. There will be maybe one other person there and 6 election workers eating something that I probably will want. We will vote and go home. But I’m still glad to vote. When Bush was elected his first term I couldn’t vote and I wanted to vote for him. 🙂 not anymore.

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