NoThanks – Day Six – Rocking the Right to Vote

Today is a no-brainer. I am thankful I get to exercise my right to vote.

I could also add that I’m thankful the phone calls will stop tomorrow. Or that I’m thankful I won’t be subject to the stupid commercials anymore. Hopefully by tomorrow I will be thankful that the political garbage won’t be wasting all that space on Facebook anymore.

But none of that is really the point of my thankfulness today. (Or is it?)

Katie’s school district is closed today because they use a few of the schools as polling places. So, by extension, the preschool is closed today, which means I’m not in a huge rush to get to work. Β Todd is out of town (but he voted early, lest you think he shirked his voting duties) and I’ve had a quiet and lazy morning. Katie and I are going to go to breakfast in a little while and then we’ll go vote.

Yes. You read that correctly. We’ll go vote. I’m going to the polls with my baby. And she’s going to vote.

That’s crazy. Crazy in a good way, but still crazy.

After that I’ll go to work and she’ll come home and clean the house. (A girl can dream, can’t she?)

But back to the main point of this post. Back when I was in high school, like 10 years ago or so, I tried to do my own taxes. At the end of my struggle the form said I owed a lot of money (for a high schooler). I was furious and pitched quite a fit, lambasting the IRS. My dad shrugged his shoulders and said, “If you don’t like the way we do things in America move to Russia.” (And then he asked to see my taxes, wherein he made a few adjustments and I ended up getting money back.)

As much as I’d love to see Russia, I don’t want to live there. As much as I loathe the way some things are done around here, I love this country. And one of the things I love most is the fact I really do have a say.



  1. nwhannas on November 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

    We must be twins–I was in high school about 10 years ago, too. πŸ˜‰ Our ballots may not look exactly the same–but our hearts and minds about the right to vote and the vitriol are united. And, WOW, how did you give birth in elementary school??? Have a blast with KT, and just know that my son is exceedingly jealous (16). xo

    • Jenster on November 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Looks like we both live in some type of a time warp. πŸ™‚ And yes about the voting and the vitriol, etc.!

  2. hisgirlamber on November 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

    …move to Russia. hahaha. love it. and this post. and you, lady. xo

    • Jenster on November 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      I’m rubber and your glue!

  3. Michele McMillan on November 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Ok, let’s look at the math first, I graduated from H.S. 37 yrs. ago, and you’re 8 yrs. younger than me,hmmmm πŸ˜‰ Yes, I’m thankful for the right to vote too, but it’s too bad something so basic as voting can be turned into controversy and lawsuits. (What is it with Philly?) Anyway, glad Katie could vote this year! Dad voted by absentee ballot, after filling in the first two bubbles, he looked at me and said “oh, this is a voting booth” to which I replied, “yes dad, it’s a voting booth” Good times!!

    • Jenster on November 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Your math is not welcome here! πŸ™‚

      I’m a bit concerned about what kind of mess we’re going to have after tonight. I think the days of hanging chads will be sorely missed!

      Voting booth. haha!

  4. Michele McMillan on November 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Welcome to Russia lil’ sis, welcome to R-“USA”-SIA

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