We Rocked The Vote!

How very cool is it that our nearly five year old is already excited about voting?

Somebody left some literature on our front gate yesterday and since Em is all about “what does this spell” lately, she asked what the flyer said. So I read it to her and told her that we have to go vote tomorrow over at the school.

E: What does “vote” mean, Mama?
M: Well, you can vote for lots of things, tomorrow we are going to vote for who we want to run for president.
E: What’s a president?
M: He is kind of like the boss. Of the whole country. He helps make rules and laws to keep our country running and safe.
E: Oh.
M: Yeah, it is a pretty big job and so everyone gets to vote, or pick, who they think they will do the best job.
E: Do I get to vote, too?
M: You can go with me and Daddy, but you have to be 18, a grown-up, to vote.
E: But I get to go with you?
M: Yep.

So I figured that was that. Then she wandered downstairs all bleary-eyed this morning looking for Daddy and I told her that he had to leave for work early so he could go to the school and vote.

E: HEY! Mom! (suddenly not sleepy at all anymore) We get to vote today, too! You and me, right? Well, I have to wait til I am 18, but I get to go, right? (First of all…she remembered that she needs to be 18?)
M: Yep. You need to eat some breakfast first, though.

The breakfast was inhaled. She completely cleaned her plate while I was getting ready. AND, she put her clothes on without a peep, had her shoes on and was sitting on the step, ready to go.

Kind of made me wish we got to vote every day.

So we walked over (our voting poll was across the street – handy!) and she watched the whole process with great interest. She asked what I was doing and why I was “voting” more than once.  “I thought you only got to vote for one person, Mama?” And basically chattered the entire time we were in the poll.

And then…they got a sticker! My goodness they give out stickers when you vote! Did you know this? She so proudly wore her “I voted” sticker all day.  And kept asking “Do people know I went to vote today because I have this sticker on, Mama?”

This could be an incredible history-making election, with either a black or woman being elected to President. And as excited as I am to witness that, I am even more excited to witness my little girl, who is years away from being able to vote, realize what a privilege it is to be able to vote.


7 Responses to “We Rocked The Vote!”

  1. 1 MelodyA. February 5, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    And what a great lesson you are helping her to learn.

  2. 2 ksmcnulty February 5, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Yes, a great lesson and such a sponge! And yes, they do give stickers—my kids have received many.

  3. 3 Mendy February 5, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    I love how everything they experience is so new & always such a big deal!!! It makes some chores not seem like such a chore!!!

  4. 4 msscatter February 6, 2008 at 5:12 am

    Incredible and fantastic. BTW, I always proudly wear my sticker after I vote also.

  5. 5 Elisa February 6, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Hey Obama Mama – He had a pretty great night last night! Well, back here in Illinois (not as good in CA). Just razzing you!
    Looks like it is going to be a photo finish in this race…pretty exciting stuff…I can’t remember EVER having an election be so close for so long. Typically they start out close and one charges out in front. This time, we had a bigger gap at the beginning that is closing so rapidly!! WOW.

    Not only do they gives stickers…..my kids’ fourth grade teacher (only teacher all 3 of them had) asked kids to get their parents’ voting “receipt” (as my kids called it) – the little stub thing you keep. She was so into Social Studies and how important it is to vote that she gave them 1 extra credit point per receipt they brought in. (limit 1 per parent)

  6. 6 Christina February 7, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    That is awesome – great job voting mama and daughter pair!

  7. 7 kcancio February 10, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    come by when you get a minute… I’ve passed on an award to you.

    Hope Hawaii was fun.

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