Mom #2 and I voted last week.
I heart early voting. I despise waiting in lines. Early voting equals shorter lines. Well in my case there was a fairly short line, but I got behind a poor young girl who was registered in another county and didn't have any ID and it took forever to get her situation straightened out. Silly girl. But I do give her props for showing up, that's more than a lot of people her age do. She's on the right track.
But I digress, naturally.
I talked to my sister and reminded her of her voting responsibilities because she tends to be a little absent minded. Do you know what she said to me? Of course, I'm going to tell you. She said that she didn't want to early vote. She wants to wait until election day so that she and her daughter, my niece, can take off of work and school and stand in the long line and visit with strangers and get the "full feeling" of the election process at work.
She wants to stand in a long line and talk to strangers. Let me tell you a little something about myself. I may be fairly open and candid in this forum, but in real life, I do not speak to strangers. I do wave to strangers, because that's the Southern Belle in me and I just can't resist even when I try to physically stop myself, but I am not fond of speaking to strangers. I'm not too fond of Mom #2 speaking to strangers either, but that's a totally different post. ;-)
Anyway back to my point. My sister and I are SO INCREDIBLY DIFFERENT. I am the opposite of everything that she is and, I assure you, she is the opposite of everything that I am. It's amazing that we are both 100% genetically related and actually grew up in the same household with the same parents under the same circumstances.
I can't imagine why anyone would want to stand in line, to get the feel of - - what was it - - - the election process. I plan to be at home watching the election process on television. Meanwhile she is using that complete and total aggravation as a teaching moment for her daughter.
Now Mom #2 and I did let Baby Boy come into the voting booth with us, and he also came into the booth with me when I (early) voted in the primary, we stayed up until about 3 in the morning participating in the caucus, and we even stood shoulder to shoulder with 30,000 other people at two separate Obama rallies, but standing in line OUTSIDE for hours and hours to vote, that's where I have to draw the line.
*SIGH* Sometimes I think my sister should be the one homeschooling, she was born with infinite patience, creativity, and natural optimism. Of course she is a single working Mom with a doosey of an ex, so I guess she really needs those traits. I don't envy her situation, but her handling of it is divine, bordering on sheer sainthood.
Meanwhile, Baby Boy and I use methods that are expedient, pain-free, and with a minimum of muss and fuss.
Sometimes I think of myself as the evil sister. But really am I? Perhaps just the pragmatic sister . . . touché.
Well, we certainly are different. Do any of you have siblings? Are you more alike or different? Please don't say it's just us . . . it couldn't be.
Until next time . . .
Monday, October 27, 2008
Mom #2 and I voted last week.
Labels: extended family