Posted by Sappho on November 6th, 2012 filed in Daily Life, Election 2012

Amidst all the anxiety, there’s something celebratory about Election Day, as I see one friend after another posting on Facebook that he or she has voted: young people voting in their first Presidential election and older people voting in yet another. I put on Bruce Springsteen singing “Born in the USA,” and then take my dog for a walk, stopping to right a neighbor’s US flag. Having grown up in New York state, I’m not sure whether all my high school friends have power back yet (I’m not even sure if all my family members have power back, as last I heard my stepmother was without power and staying with a friend). But I have the reassurance that both Cuomo and Christie have signed orders letting displaced people vote at other than their regular voting place.

Today I am grateful for:

  1. My hair, finally starting to come back (though you can barely see it, I can feel it when I touch my head).
  2. The lemon spread I put on this morning’s English muffin.
  3. The USDA food tracking web site that warns me that the lemon spread is almost entirely empty calories (but I’m keeping up with my activity goal).
  4. My cousin’s new baby boy.
  5. All my friends and family who are voting, and the people who put themselves at risk to be sure I have the riht to vote.

By tomorrow I will know whether my mother’s and sister’s states have approved same-sex marriage by popular vote, and whether California still has a death penalty. Today, I’m looking forward to my lunch break walk at work. The weather is clear and warm.

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