So last night, I went to bed at a ridiculously late hour because I had to watch Obama’s infomercial, and then Obama on The Daily Show and then Obama do a stand up comedy special on HBO (oh, maybe that’s not quite right)….
After my Obama-thon, I still had to fill out a school admissions application for Dylan (with essay questions) and then fill it out again because I smudged it as I was putting it in the envelope.
But before I finally turned in, I checked on the kids and as I watched Summer’s beautiful, hypnotic breathing, she started to stir.
So I froze.
And then she moved around some more.
I held my breath and continued my motionless vigil.
Then her eyes popped open.
And I squeezed mine shut, pathetically hoping to prevent her from actually seeing me, which as you might have guessed was an enormously ineffective tactic.
So Rick and I spent the next half hour trying to get her back to sleep. Am I a master at waking my kids up or what? Wow, it’s like a whole new, untapped hobby for me.
My point is… standing motionless and squeezing your eyes shut doesn’t usually accomplish much of anything in this world. So this weekend, if you have a passion for one of the candidates, do something.
Pull up their campaign website and get involved. This election is positively NOT over and there are a million things you can do to help your candidate win.
And it will make you feel energized, passionate and engaged in our democratic process.
So get out the vote.
And then vote yourself.
I’ll be phone banking for Obama here in New York if you want to join me on campaign hysteria lane.
My best kiwi gal Lucy is on board too.
As for my friend Liz, she was trying to convince me to go hear an alternative country band in the East Village tonight.
Hmmm… Although I had a somewhat fierce Garth brooks/Billy Ray phase in my early twenties, I’m not much of a country girl or very alternative either. But we bartered. I’m going to the concert. She’s phone banking on Saturday.
I have relatives getting out the vote in North Carolina.
My dad is making calls from Cape Cod.
All campaign rhetoric aside, this really is our moment.
Because in life, we can squeeze our eyes shut, blocking out the injustices and wrongdoings, or we can stand up and do something about it.