you were there.

Someday, I will tell my kids about this election. I will tell them: You were there when history was made.
I will tell Lo that I carried her on my hip to the polls in 2008 to cast my vote. The vote that helped elect our nation's 44th President of the United States. The first African American to hold office. We voted, then we went to a doughnut shop that was giving out free doughnuts to voters. Here's what little Lo looked like back then.
I will remind her that in 2012, she was in kindergarten and that she voted for Obama in her classroom election, which resulted in a tie. The first time she got to see what voting felt like. I will tell Bowie about how we sat with him in our living room as we filled out our ballots early and mailed them in.
 
I will tell them that they were there when our President visited Des Moines in September.
They stood here amongst this massive crowd on a sunny day in Iowa.
I will say: You heard his voice, you heard him speak. Your daddy took you to see him.
I will tell them that I saw our President give his last campaign speech ever, the night before the 2012 election.
I will tell them about how I put them to bed and then sped off to the East Village. About how I spent 30 minutes looking for a parking spot and then hooked up with friends who pushed me up to the very front of the massive crowd, just in time to see Bruce Springsteen.
The whole nation watched on television. Downtown, in our very own city. And I was there to see it.
I will say: You were there, and you sat on our laps and watched the election results come in. On our couch, in our living room. Until it was time for bed. I'll tell them that Iowa was a major swing state, and our state came through.
I will tell them: We did this for you, for your future. You may remember it; you may not. But you were there. And we did it.

**Regardless of your political views or mine, I figured I needed to record this for posterity. I'm a sucker for memories and stories and such. I am the keeper of the stickers and posters and ticket stubs. This election presented me with a series of events and photos and memories I wanted to pass on and share, no matter the outcome. This blog has become my space, my scrapbook. Our lives were touched by this campaign, and sometimes living in Iowa has its perks. I respect and love you for however you voted yesterday and however you feel about last night's results today. (The end!)

8 comments:

  1. I love your record and I'm so jealous you got to see all of those events first hand! I was just explaining to my 6 year-old last night that she went to an Obama campaign rally with us the first time around (before the primaries) and she thought it was so amazing that she's been in the same room as the President of the United States. I'll bet your kids will / do feel the same way!

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  2. WONDERFUL MEMORIES!
    I have a friend where you live, I bet she was there as well! (;

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  3. Love this! I would have love to him at his last campaign rally. How wonderful! Here in Florida they are still counting the votes (WHAT?) but we did it! Yes!!

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  4. Oh, Iowa! Growing up in Iowa gives you such a precious first hand view of he political process. In 1988 I met EIGHT of the Democratic candidates and a handful of the Republicans over the course of the summer before the caucus. I miss that and regret that my kids won't be so fully immersed in the election process. It's so exciting that you got to be at Obama's big rallies!

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  5. Thanks for this post. As someone in the UK our coverage of this election has been very political - obviously but it's so good to read real stories from real people. You captured this beautifully in your own unique way.

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  6. Thanks for this post. As someone in the UK our coverage of this election has been very political - obviously but it's so good to read real stories from real people. You captured this beautifully in your own unique way.

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  7. Great post! Great memories!

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