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You Say O-Bam-A, I Say O-Bom-A

The folks at my mom’s retirement home are having an ice cream social to celebrate Barack Obama being elected President of the United States.  “I just don’t get what all the fuss is about,” my mom complained.  Excuse me??  Don’t get the fuss??!!!  Even if you didn’t vote for him, and she didn’t, how can you not understand why so many in our country (and around the world!) are going wild over this?  I keep telling my children, “This is history.  Right here, right now, (“at this defining moment” to steal his elegant words) history is being made.”  I try to impress upon them the significance of what has happened and yet my own mother doesn’t get it? 

She jokes she is 1 of 3 Republicans living there.  Quite frankly, it surprises me.  I guess I stereotype older people in the Republican category (especially well-off older people).  But at her retirement home, you have never seen so many Obama pins …

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The Day After the Election

Less than 24 hours ago, the election officially ended and a new President of the United States was elected.  We – in this Zen Mama Wannabe’s household -  are overjoyed at the results. 

For the first time in either of our lifetimes, a candidate “spoke” to my husband and me – in a way no one ever has before.  For the first time, we gave money to a Presidential campaign (three times actually!) because we believed so strongly.  For the first time, we watched each and every debate as well as a multitude of political shows just about nightly because we were so engaged and interested in what he had to say.  For the first time ever, I cried while listening to an acceptance speech – and from what I saw on TV, mine were certainly not the only wet eyes.

When he was alive, my father would often remind me of one of his favorite sayings:

We all

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Make Your Grandma Proud: VOTE!

If you needed yet another reason to vote tomorrow, check out this article from ABC News:
Smarter People More Likely to Vote.

Anyway, that is what this Zen Mama Wannabe will be doing tomorrow.  I purposely did NOT do early voting in my state because I love going to the polls on Election Day.  Call me a Geek of the Week, but I love that feeling of being there on Election Day — like you are a part of the action, a part of the excitement.  I love getting my "I Just Voted" sticker and wearing it with pride.  Well, usually my one of my kids ends up wearing it, but I feel pride just the same.  Like my little vote helped make a difference. 

It seems so hard to believe that it wasn't REALLY that long ago that women were not allowed to vote.  In our country, it was only 88 years ago that the passage of the …

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