As you know, election day was yesterday. My children wore their campaign shirts to school (except Taylor); and Spenser, Sawyer and I wore our shirts to preschool and to run errands. It was a long day. The younger boys had a half-day of school, so as soon as they came home, we walked over to town hall so I could vote. I think it's important for children to see their parents vote.
And then we waited. The kids rode their bikes. I pulled a few weeds and found a fresh snakeskin snuggled around my lavender plants. And then we ate dinner. And waited. And went to Carter's band concert. And waited some more.
Shortly after 9:00 p.m., the phone rang. It was the election supervisor. When he confirmed he was talking to me, he said, "Congratulations. You are our newest council member." I was stunned, humbled, happy, excited, scared, freaking out.
I visited a few elderly neighbors to let them know and they hugged me. It was good.
* * * * * Now, here are a few random facts:
- A teacher at school told Mason (6) that his campaign shirt was inappropriate for school. Joe called and talked to the principal and, well let's just say, that the principal loved the shirts and was not happy about the teacher's comment.
- Shortly after hearing the news of my election, I thought, "I should call Mom-Mom." And then I remembered. And got a little teary-eyed. She would have been so happy for me.
- This morning I took a victory lap around town in my campaign shirt. It was the best (and fastest) run I've had in awhile. I think it helped that it was only 45 degrees outside at 6:10 a.m.
- My phone has not stopped ringing this morning. I started this post over three hours ago.
- I placed second highest with votes. 130 people voted. I received 92 votes. Ninety-two. Humbling. The first received 95 votes, and is an incumbent. The third and final slot received 79.(Also an incumbent.)
- As happy and excited as I am, I feel bad for the other three candidates. I can't help it. It's just who I am.