Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oh What a Feeling

Last night I went to vote! What a feeling that I walked into the Satellite Voting location and saw the line that snaked its way to the back door I was a bit overwhelmed. It was 6 p.m. I had to be in class at 7:30; my thought process was to wait in line until 7:30 and see how far I got before I made the decision to stay or go. Luckily, the line moved pretty quickly and I was out of there by 6:45.

Standing at the "booth" with the touch screen in front of me, I had many emotions running through me...fear (not wanting to hit the wrong button), excitement (ready for change) and pride (what a great honor to vote). As I touched the button for my candidate tears welled up in my eyes. This truly is a historical event and I feel privileged to part of it. I thought about the time when women were not allowed to vote, when blacks were not allowed to vote. I thought about Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" would he feel if he were alive today?

This is such a powerful election for me because my children could actually have the opportunity to live in a country run by someone that looks like them, comes from the same cultural background as them and relates to their economic status.

It's no secret who I voted for and I'm quite proud to say that I believe in Barack Obama and what he can do for our country. If elected his presidency will change the face of America in many ways. I never thought I would live to see a day when a woman or someone other than a staunchy old white guy would run the country, but I feel that time has come and I am excited to be part of the process.

Counting down to election day...GO OBAMA!!