By the time you read this blog post, I will be making my debut as an election worker in today's Michigan Presidential primary election.
In honor of the day, I thought I'd share a story of my most memorable voting experience . . .
Picture this . . . November 1992. Clinton vs. Bush, Sr. At the time, I had two very young children (Erin was a chatty 3-year-old and Brian was about 8 months old) and no babysitter, so it was off to the polls for all three of us! I voted in a library just a couple of blocks from our house back then, and since it was a really lovely fall day, I decided to walk. I put Erin in the stroller, and stuck Brian in a baby backpack carrier and off we went!
I thought I had made a mistake when I got to the library and saw the long line of voters wrapped around the side of the building, but I was sure it would move quickly. (And besides, what else was I going to do?) Erin chatted with all the people in line, happily (and repeatedly) telling everyone (in my very Republican community*) that we were at the library to vote for Mr. Clinton. The line moved along. People were generally jovial.
And then I noticed . . . a very strong smell. Brian had been very quiet back there in his baby backpack. And you probably can guess what that meant. Erin was quick to shout out to all our new friends in line (in case they had otherwise missed it), "Ewwww. Baby poop!" (She even plugged her little nose.) (She always had a flair for the dramatic.)
It was then that the crowd parted . . . as people decided I should be allowed to cut to the front of the line!
I'll never forget voting that year. With my talkative 3-year-old "helping" me, and my poor poopy-diaper-baby on my back!
How about YOU? What was your most memorable voting experience? Share your story here in the comments, and I'll choose 3 names (random hat drawing) for a prize: one of those very cool Lisa Congdon voting buttons in the photo, above!
* I did not live in Kalamazoo, then . . . but in a very conservative community half-way between Grand Rapids and Holland. (Can you guess which one, Kat?)