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Political observations…well, not really

I know I said I would never, ever post anything about politics again – and I’m not. At least partisan ideology-type posts. But I had to share some funny little ditties that have been circulating around the Hunt home.

First – a joke. Michael calls me yesterday from work, and he said, “Hey, I thought of a joke. Ask me if I’m going to vote for president.”

“Um, ok. Are you going to vote for president.”

“No! I’m voting for McCain!”

Get it?

Oh, lighten up. It’s funny, especially since he really IS voting for McCain. Unruffle your feathers, chill out, and laugh. (If anyone posts a long comment on political ideology, I swear I will delete it. I have too many other things to think about this week!)

OK, moving on. Early voting started in Texas yesterday. All my kids were at school, so after finishing the umpteen million errands I had to do, I drove over to the library to cast my ballot. The line was OUT THE DOOR. I decided to come back when the wait wasn’t so long. The kids and I went back to the library that afternoon to check out books, and the line was STILL out the door! I overheard one of the librarians say that there had been a line all day long. Some people waited for more than an hour, and they didn’t seem to mind.

I thought that was inspiring.

I did go back and vote this morning, and there was a little bit of a line when I got there, but it was almost out the door by the time I left. If all predictions are accurate, the lines on November 4 are going to be outrageous, so if you have a chance to vote early, DO IT!

Third observation: As I mentioned earlier, Michael and I do not completely agree on politics. Our kids’ school is holding a mock election next week, so at dinner, we were discussing our reasons for our individual choices with Meghan. (Poor thing – she’s such a pleaser, so having to cast her vote is almost like having to pick her favorite parent!) Even though Michael and I do not agree, I thought it was great that we could have this conversation as a family to 1) show our kids that married people are still individuals with different opinions but still love each other deeply, and 2) to emphasize the importance of thinking for yourself and making informed decisions based on what you believe is true.

That has been a big issue with me for the last 15 years or so. I don’t want to believe something just because someone says it’s true. I want to know if, in fact, it is true and why it is true. I wrestle with that whether I’m listening to Beth Moore or Barack Obama. And I want to pass that on to my kids.

That’s all. Let’s keep the comments happy. I’ve already voted.

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