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October 14, 2008

It's election day!

VoteIn Canada, that is. Although, I've heard rumour those of you down South are having a little election of your own this year?  

I have a confession: I love election day.

Maybe it’s the entire country making the trek to the local elementary school gym to cast their votes. Maybe it’s the excitement of sitting with a bowl of popcorn watching the results come in (I know, I am a giant geek). Maybe it’s knowing that if you don’t vote, you can’t complain – and lord knows I like to complain. In any case, today is a big day.

Politics used to be a year-round obsession for me. It was kind of a hobby - I followed the ins and outs of Parliament the way some people play racquet sports. Only, without all of the sweating. In school I think I may have harboured secret fantasies of being Prime Minister – or at least the person who wrote her speeches. Or brought her coffee. Something. For reasons I can’t quite explain, my interest has seriously waned since becoming a mom.

I know, that doesn't make much sense. I now have this little person who I adore who will – if all goes right with the universe – be around long after I’m gone. I should care even more about what happens in the world, right? But… not so much. I care, I just am more of a spectator these days than an active participant. Okay, even that is being generous – if I am a spectator, I’m up in the nosebleeds. I hear the cheering but can barely catch sight of what all the fuss is about.

I feel as though right now I’m just too busy with my own family to think all that much about life beyond our doorstep. Oh, how my former, slimmer, saner pre-baby self would hate hearing me utter those words. But it’s true. I used to think that I would go on to do good things in the world. Now I seem to be content with doing good things for Mads. ABCs and pleases and thank yous and our hunt for the perfect autumn leaf have taken precedence over keeping up on foreign policy.

Sometimes I think that if we all can raise kids who are kind and compassionate, with open and inquisitive minds, then maybe that’s all the contribution we need to make. And then other times I think that’s just passing the buck.

Things to ponder, I guess. And in the meantime, happy voting…

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Great post!

Posted by: Kevin G. | Oct 20, 2008 2:06:58 PM

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