When I woke up on Election Day– I had already decided. I wasn’t going to vote. I thought, “What difference does my one vote make anyway?” Plus–I just did not want to deal with long lines or parking problems or people. I was in a sour mood.
My mother, on the other hand, was getting ready early. She was determined to get to the polling place and vote. She was beyond excited. “This is historic. It’s important,” she said.
My older sister had already agreed to take our mother to vote later in the afternoon. But around 10:00 am, my twin sister suggested we make a dry run to see about handicap parking before our older sister arrived.
Surprisingly, the polling place was practically empty. There was ample parking–even handicap parking right at the front door. Clearly, there was no turning back.
So I voted. We voted– and I’m glad we did. I realize now that my mother needed to feel a sense of normalcy again. She got a chance to let go of her own worries to focus on something different, something a little bigger for the moment. That was important, and a good reason for me.