In my family, we would always have very heated debates about politics (and not just about the fact that Grandy was constantly a smarta$$). My parents had their very strong beliefs and challenged us to have ours (except for the smarta$$ thing). And boy did we have our opinions and beliefs on everything.
Flashback to 1980 presidential elections. Little Grandy and her twin sister are interviewed on the local news station about who we will vote for for President.
Newslady - And if you could vote, who would you vote for?
Little Grandy - Mr. Reagan
Newslady - Why?
Little Grandy - Because that's who my mommy and daddy want to win.
(notice...pre-smarta$$ era) Remember...I was 8.
Dad was as political as they come. Without going into what and who he was passionate about, I could just tell you that at his funeral, there were many mentions of his political satire and sarcasm (wonder where I get the smarta$$ trait?). Even my son, after meeting me at my parents' house when he had died, bowed his head to pray. In his prayer, he asked God to remind Grandpa when it was election day so he could come vote. Hmmm...He was 8.
I've never really posted about politics because that's not what this blog is about. But as I am filled with Dad's memory in my first full presidential campaign without him, I am reminded of some simple things to be thankful for:
- I am grateful to Mom and Dad for helping me understand the importance of having a voice and casting a vote.
- I am grateful to be in a country where we are allowed to not only vote, but openly discuss differences and shortcomings without being judged.
- Regardless of anyone's political beliefs, I have to be grateful to witness history in the event of the first black man and first woman to run for president.
- I am grateful to Dad for teaching my son about his voice and opening his mind to questions, but I can't help but regret he can't be here to help me with the answers.
- I am so very grateful to my Mom who, as I start to ache and miss Dad, reminds me what a strong-minded woman she is in her own right. She's so articulate and strong. Her positive attitude is truly an inspiration. Today, she volunteered at the polling station.
Thanks Mom & Dad!!
Love you BOTH!!