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The Transformation of America

Election Day= family eventThe boys and I started this monumental day like most other Americans, we made our ways to the polls to submit our vote.  It’s been an exciting day to watch history unravel, and of course, be a part of it.  All day, I kept telling Jack how he’s “witnessing” history.  His response was always, “YABBA MAMMA MOO.”  Either way, history will be made, and I can’t wait to see the outcome. (I’m writing this before the President-elect is announced)

In our home, we’re passionate about many things, but most of those things we don’t always agree upon.  Ahnold and Maria we’re not, but somehow, we make it work.  Red and Blue all the wayIt’ll be an interesting road once Jack is older and can understand topics like this.  As parents, I hope we can eschew our contrasting viewpoints and provide a foundation for him to make his own decisions, much like my parents did for my brothers and me.  Regardless of our opposing political views, like everyone else, with this new president, it’s imperative the parties work together to make sense of the mess THEY made.

Ok, I’ll step off of my soapbox now and tell you about ICE CREAM!

We got our free ice creamJack knew something was up today, so he refused to take his afternoon nap.  After 3 hours of fighting with him over it, I threw my arms up and packed him up to march down the street to get our FREE ice cream.  Democracy IS sweet, ya’ll.  We practically sprinted the 10 blocks to our local Ben and Jerry’s to take part in the freebie.  We practically pummeled other small children to make our way to 2nd in line–it was great.  Sadly, they didn’t have mama’s favorite and the very relevant, Americone Dream.  Instead, I had Whirled Peace, which, my friends, is exactly what the outcome of this day will hopefully bring.

One day…

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Lucky us, the bedtime shuffle went much easier than anticipated tonight.  Even better, for the second night in a row, Jeff put the kid to bed, with no tears I might add.  As it gets closer to midnight, like everyone else, I have the election in mind.

I’ve read countless magazine articles, online material, watched all the SNL skits and even sat through the murky political tv ads from both candidates.  As a new parent, ultimately, my choice is heavily influenced on the candidate that can potentially lead our nation in a positive direction, one that would quell the current economic shitstorm and pick up the displaced pieces to help safeguard our kids’ generation.  I’m done with the good ol’ boy shenanigans.

I won’t go into a diabtribe of the contrast of red and blue that has long resided in our home, and how it will affect our parenting in the years to come (I’ll save that for another day), but I will encourage everyone to vote.  Whether early or late, day or night, it is our privilege, right, and most importantly, our responsibility to vote.

As if we need food to entice us to exercise our right, Starbucks and several other establishments are giving out freebies to those who show proof that they voted!  (Thanks for the head’s up, Carrie!)

•Coffee. Starbucks is handing out free 12-ounce drip coffees.

•Doughnuts. Some 85 of Krispy Kreme’s 231 locations in the U.S. will hand out star-shaped, red-white-and-blue sprinkled doughnuts.

•Ice cream. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each time zone, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops will hand out single-scoop ice cream cones (a $3.40 value).

•Sandwiches. In a local market promotion, several hundred of the nation’s 1,400 Chick-fil-A stores will hand out $2.70 chicken sandwiches to adults who show proof that they voted. (I wish we had a Chik-fil-A around here)

Go Vote!

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