Monday, November 3, 2008

Go Vote. Be Done. Move Forward.

This is me, Enthalpymama, running off to the polls to vote . . . .




For those of you who missed my post at the end of September, explaining my personal challenge, here it is. I wore skirts (or dresses) every day in October.*

Many of you who might read this probably consider my challenge frivolous and impractical, especially for a woman who prides herself on practicality. Other than a few old dresses thrown in, I only wore two skirts all month. One I made, the other one was a thoughtful purchase of my mother’s. I have to admit, it was a little inconvenient.

I am glad I did it.

First, it was a simple reminder to me of how many choices I have. I have the capacity to be frivolous. My restrictions in life come primarily from within.

Second, my mother read it. She enjoyed it. She told me that my great aunt always thought long skirts were “stupid” and said that she couldn’t DO anything in them. Those petticoats were thrown out for good reason, and I doubt long skirts will ever come back in style for daily wear.

Third, it kept me focused: the day I leaned over to buckle Gladys into the car and a wind blew my skirt straight up in the air in a busy parking lot, the day my friend's kid ran her hand right up my leg (as if coffee wasn’t enough to make me alert), the day I watched Gladys’ soccer game and froze my, well, you know. I thought about those ladies wearing skirts every single day: working hard, having no voice. I thought about how incredibly soft I am.

It makes you think of how many people, not just women, have been in truly heart wrenching situations. Situations I will never know . . . .

If you are one of those folks who are disappointed on Wednesday, when someone else’s candidate takes up residence on Pennsylvania Avenue, remember this. You have a right to be disappointed. You have the right to voice your opinion. You have the right to continue working for what you believe in. You have the responsibility to be part of this incredible American journey.

Celebrate how far we have come.

And, if you find yourself being fanatically red or fanatically blue, please remember to seek opportunities in that deeper shade of purple.

Go! What are you doing reading this? Go Vote!!!



Oh, and here is a picture of that other skirt. See that oh-so-practical car? Pretty tricky getting three car seats in that puppy.


Note: I wore pants once in October when George had a fever of 104 and I had to make it to the drug store before closing. Sorry, practicality does win sometimes.

8 comments:

Jessica said...

Hubby went at 6:30 when polls open...I am going after preschool drop-off...Then let the cards fall where they will and we can all move forward :)

Anonymous said...

Absentee voting is so convenient. Already done and no lines...

Flea said...

CUTE BOOTS!!! I wore skirts every day in college (dress code). Can't go there. But I laughed out loud at the wind and hand up your leg. :) All too familiar.

Indy said...

Is this the new one or the temp? I like it better than the fire.

I am so glad this election is almost over. I don't really care anymore who wins as long as I don't have to hear about it any longer.

Are you wearing jeans tomorrow?

Mama Smurf said...

I did! First thing this morning!

OHmommy said...

You called me on my cell while I was voting and the girls were running around in circles around the polling stands. ;)

scatterbrain said...

I always wear long, straight skirts when I go out - have done for years - but we have different fashion ideas over here in the UK.

I'm so excited to see who wins the election. I reckon there will be a lot of blog-posting in all directions again.

Badass Geek said...

Voting is hot.