Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I'm on the eve of election....
My niece just chatted with me and asked me what I was up to for election night.
With the time difference of 6 to 9 hours between here and the USA, it's a strange warp -- and I'm not up to anything in particular.
My American friends and family are living through this experience today; for me, it's tomorrow that counts. Tomorrow in the wee hours, that is.
I'm on the eve of election.
Four years ago, I had followed the presidential election in great detail, and worked myself into a frenzied state by the time the "night of" came around.
I could hardly sleep, and got up at around 4am to check the results -- which, as I remember, didn't really come in until 5am our time.
My eldest daughter got up with me, and we rejoiced together at Obama's victory. (My youngest was in the USA...as she is tonight.)
A few hours later, I drove to work, honking my horn and blaring Dylan's "When the ship comes in" from my car CD player.
I arrived early, and a handful of my students grouped together in my office to celebrate the moment.
This year, things don't seem quite so groundbreaking, but I believe the issues at stake are just as crucial, if not more so.
Here's hoping I'll be waking up to good news during the night....
Posted by Betty Carlson at 8:37 PM