“Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire.” Yes – How sad that this was the first thing I heard on the radio this morning. Welcome to Election Day. As an observer of human behavior, I found this election season to be quite fascinating and disturbing. However, I will choose to remain optimistic.
When I voted last week, I waited in line for about an hour with quite the talkative lady. Coming from me, that is saying a lot. Of course, our discussion focused on the election. I could tell we were both trying to get a sense of which person each would be choosing. When we got closer to the front of the line I considered asking, but she volunteered the information. After she told me her candidate, I smiled, put my arm around her, and said, well then, lets go in there and cancel out each others vote. After a great deal of laughter, we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.
That exchange gave me hope. I enjoyed having a civil conversation, discussing differences, and gaining a perspective other than my own. I was reminded that beyond all the hype of the things we hear and read are people making the best decisions they can, given the information at their disposal. People care, and this is a good thing.
Speaking of caring, my oldest son drove home from college last night to vote because he missed the mail-in deadline. After finishing his last class, he drove 6+ hours, got home at 10 pm, was in line when the polls opened this morning, and is now back at school. Yet, another good thing.
As I tell children regularly, sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. So, we need to remember the way in which we handle the results will teach our children a great deal. I may be twitching, but whatever the outcome, I hope when tomorrow morning comes we can all find a way to focus on the good and refuse to let negativity win. Choose wisely.