Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Why Voting Is Like Disneyland

We decided to head for the polls early this morning, because Kev wasn't sure he'd have any other time today. So knowing that our little adorable child hasn't gotten into the no-more-daylight-savings zone, we were ready for him to get up at around 6:20 AM. He didn't disappoint, and we all got out of bed nice and early. We were excited about our chance to vote in such an important election, and the pre-dawn preparations definitely reminded me of all the times I've gotten up early to brave rush hour traffic on the way to the Magic Kingdom.
We got to the polling station (conveniently located at our neighborhood park) by 7:10. The line was out the door and around the corner. Good thing we walked, because there was no parking. We got inside in about 40 minutes, but it took us about as long to get through the various lines inside. Stellan was a real trooper and made almost all the way through. Kevin had to stand in the ballot machine feeding line with both our completed ballots but we were amazed we got that far all together.
So here are the reasons voting is like Disneyland:
1. We've been waiting for this day for a long time.
2. We got out of bed early, packed snacks, made sure we had sweatshirts, grabbed the stroller and hit the road.
3. Lines. And more lines.
4. Everyone else there was equally excited, despite the lines.
5. This is definitely a day that we will all remember for a long time. Some will remember how their dreams came true, while others will remember feeling pretty sick on the Teacups; but we'll all remember what happened today.

And finally, I am trying to downplay the irony, but please enjoy the photo of the sticker we got for voting here in Florida.

3 comments:

Jess said...

Okay, so I don't know if you have the same early ballot options in Florida, but here it rocked. I filled everything out at home, with the helpful resources of the internet and all the election crap that has been sent our way throughout the last while to help me be well informed and then sealed up the envelope. On election day I strolled into the building (bypassing all the lines, I might add) and handed the envelope to a poll worker and strolled back out. So, when I got home I added myself to the permanent early ballot list, thank you very much. I never did like Disneyland all that much (blasphemy, I know). I blame it on the way I was raised, Mom always took us to the much less crowded Knott's Berry Farm.

Patrick and Leigh said...

Early voting was awesome-no lines, and at my convenience. I have to say, I'm pretty excited that it's over and I have great hopes for Obama's success-I know he nearly had me in tears during his speech after the results were in.

Dormady Fam said...

We took the boys with us to the polling place and Isaac has had fun repeating the words "civic duty." We also had to teach him that, in fact, his teach was NOT correct and that Mr. McSenator was not who every parent should vote for (welcome to Texas), and that indeed, every rational person should be voting for Mr. Obama. Isaac, however, did not like his name.