refreshed patriotism

So I participated in probably what will come to be known as one of the most historic elections of my lifetime – that’s right, I fulfilled my civic duty, I honored my right as a U.S. citizen and I voted.

After the longest, most historic and most expensive presidential campaign in history, the time finally arrived for the people of this great country to have their say – and I am very proud to have been one of them.

voting lineIt took me 3 1/2 hours of standing in a long line at a disorganized, overcrowded and poorly managed precinct to finally make it to a voting booth where I proceeded to complete my electronic ballot and submit my individual vote.

As I stood for what seemed like ages, I thought to myself about what an incredible experience this is and what an amazing turn out it was.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have this kind of motivation for every election both big and small?  In a country where everything is fast – fast cars, fast internet, fast money transactions, fast (instant) gratification, even fast food… the fact that many of us had to slow down and wait to vote seemed to reflect the mood change in this country. 

We have reached a critical point in this nation and I am deeply refreshed with patriotism as I watched people, old and young, of all races and beliefs join together for change by exercising their right to vote.  No matter who they voted for, the simple idea that so many were motivated to do so is something I have never seen and was completely amazed by.

On a small but funny side note:

After my long 3 1/2 hour wait, my precinct had run out of the “I Voted” stickers and businesses around town were honoring these stickers as coupons for free items.  Free coffee, doughnuts, and chicken sandwiches.  Well, not that I voted for these things at all… I mean really – who would wait 3 1/2 hours for these items?  I suppose some would, but not me.  Anyway, I came away from my voting experience without my “free coupon.” 

I headed to work and told several others just how long I waited and my boss I suppose thought I deserved a sticker, so he gave me his.  I am happy to report that I managed to pick up my free chicken sandwich and free doughnut on my way home last night.

Then I tried my best to earn the Super Citizen of the Year award by going back to the same precinct I had spent so much time at in the morning in order to stand with my mother for another 1 1/2 hour so she could cast her vote.  Wow, I think I earned major citizen and daughter points for that one…  just kidding.

Honestly, it was a blessing to be able to take part in the day.  To live in a country where I can freely share my opinion, have a small say in our government, and am allowed to live in a way and style of my choosing is such a tremendous blessing that I know I take for granted.  So my Spot of Thankfulness is that I was able to come away from this experience with a refreshed patriotism and thankful heart for our country.

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