Monday, November 03, 2008

one more day

I can't believe it's finally here. Tomorrow we will finally do the right thing. It won't be easy, but I've never been more sure of anything in my life. Tomorrow we will elect Barack Obama as the next President of these United States.

The 2004 election was devastating. We liked Kerry but his campaign was dogged and he was drawn and quartered any number of times. We had a party then too, but we sat grimfaced all night and later and drunker still, we watched it all go to hell and it's been going to hell ever since.

This time is different. There is something happening here. It's never felt like this, this feeling of opportunity, of change, and yes, of hope. Tomorrow I will hold my child in my arms as she watches her first election and sees a man of color become the President. She will see his daughters on the stage and she will see the cheering and she will watch her parents and their friends crying tears of joy and redemption while we toast each other loudly and hold each other tight. She will not know the reason for all of the tears tomorrow but one day she will and because of tomorrow she also will not. She will grow up seeing our world differently because of so many who have come before her and the simple knowledge of that truth brings me to my knees.

We watched Slacker Uprising last night (and so can you, it's free and streaming online) and it brought so much back, the rage, the hubris of the Bush Administration, the despicable war. The anger of 2004 and the subsequent depression of our society has finally given way to hope and I believe just as they did in 2004 that the youngest among us (voters) will lead the way in record numbers.

For those of you not in the States, I know how agonizing all of our carrying on must be. I know we are full of ourselves, we talk of nothing else. Bear with us a little longer and thank you for bearing with us still.

PS. Thank you for your slogan help. We spent hours making labels and Painted Maypole's one about drunken lipstick made it on our bottle of Mavericky Red. All of them had us laughing and made me wish you were coming over too.

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23 comments:

Little Monkies said...

Chills. I am so so so hopeful. Squeezing your hand from across the many miles. I'll be with my monkey at the polls tomorrow. "I don't care if I have to stand there all day, Mama, we are going to vote for Obama!" Just. so. huge.

Mad said...

I can't wait to rejoice with you, although I must admit that, polls aside, I am still nervous. I want it to be a done deal already.

(In)Sanity Gal said...

Crying at work once again...

Arwen said...

Tomorrow is my 8th anniversary. We already celebrated since we are 800 miles away from each other this week. (Just an aside, we was the porn movie and laughed our asses off). Tomorrow I am ordering a bottle of champagne from room service. I will have TWO reasons to celebrate! Yeah!
I voted last Friday and actually teared up when I fed my ballot into the machine. It is really emotional making history.

Arwen said...

we SAW the porn movie...the Freudian slip that 'we was' the porn movie was completely unintentional!

Deezee said...

from your typed words to 3D reality, my fingers are crossed. (toes, too.)

meno said...

If i prayed, i would pray that you are right.

alejna said...

I've been tearing up left and right for the past few days. (I guess left more than right.) I'm so excited/nervous/hopeful. It's about all I can think about.

And damn. I meant to submit an idea for your wine, but got side-tracked:
WFTMFW: Wine for the mother fucking win.

I wish I could be there to toast to the victory with you.

Amy Y said...

I can hardly contain myself!

Kyla said...

I hope there will be joyful exclamations in the hospital halls tomorrow night.

mamatulip said...

I'm not in the states, but I am pretty damn excited about this election, TRUST ME. Dave is getting so sick of MSNBC 24-7 I'm surprised he doesn't spontaneously vomit when I turn the TV on.

We're all in this together - this isn't just an election, it's history.

Defiantmuse said...

word, dude. we have a bottle of champagne chilling in our fridge. just waiting to be cracked open and drank in celebration with our neighbor tomorrow night.

Omaha Mama said...

How'd you like to explain to your kid in 20 years that no, you did not vote for the first black president? Not that it's why I'm voting for him, but seriously. I would not want to explain that to my grown children.
My confidence grows when I read your words, so keep 'em comin. I still get a little nervous thinking about it.

Maggie, Dammit said...

I'm praying you're right.

Gwen said...

I am having a hard time believing it until it is really truly so. I am so prepared to be disappointed.

But I fervently wish our hopes and optimism are not misplaced and that we wake up Wednesday morning proud of what we've accomplished. Because then our job is just beginning.

carrie said...

God, I hope you are right.

Amanda said...

There are people like you who make this a better world, here's hoping tomorrow we all do our part to make it a better country.

flutter said...

watching the exits tomorrow is going to give me a heart attack, I am sure.

QT said...

Oh woman, I so hope you are right. Driving 45 mins round trip to vote today....

a li'l bit squishy said...

Oh Jen. We, who are not American and therefore cannot vote in your election wait with baited breath as your policies affect all of us. Not egotistical, just fact. Feel free to carry on and on and on. If it gets a democratic president elected, your carrying on will not have been in vain!

bgirl said...

fantastic post jen. feeling so much toady.

thanks too for the movie link.

hele said...

He won!!!!!

He won!!!!

My heart is full of gratitude and wonder and hope for the future of the whole world today.

painted maypole said...

seriously? you're using mine! Hooray!! and I would LOVE a bottle, even if it's empty (although full is always better), because I am SO putting that in my living room!