Nothing to do with D but something fun to think about - do you remember when?

By Turtle Latest Reply 2012-10-28 23:52:57 -0500
Started 2012-10-25 00:42:51 -0500

I apologize if this does not belong here. I am posting this under emotions because of all the emotions, especially fun for some reasom, that I realized I was feeing as I thought more and more about this topic.
The time to vote reminded me of the golden days of yonder when it was voting time and I was a kid in school. I watched out the window getting my own education, nothing like the other kids who were paying attention to the teacher. I was learning that the strange cars coming and going all day belonged to adults I did not know, but they, as I learned later, were there to determine the future of the school districts, county issues, local government, other issues like they do what? vote for who they want for President, class president? no, hmmm, President of our country? REALLY? And my mom walked in the door a few min. ago. She's actually here to vote too? Not because I was sent to the principals office 3x last week for not paying attention? oh oh and who is that smacking the pointing stick onto my desk and yelling my name? Busted again, for getting my education from what's going on outside the school rather than inside the classroom.
So, I just took the reader down my walk thru memory lane that voting has had me thinking about. Now that I have dated myself, is there anyone else out there in DC land with similar memories?
WhenI got to start voting, I went to a booth after standing in a line then in secrecy with cloth all around me, I had to focus and remember my choices. Because I have a learning disability, years later, I got help when I voted. Plus the big reward…an I voted sticker to wear. So now I vote at home, without the help I need and no sticker. WOW! What a trip down memory lane.

18 replies

Ms. DAT 2012-10-28 23:52:57 -0500 Report

Turtle, Well I remember when was bused from the local neighborhood school to a school deep in the valley then years later as an adult I transported children from the inner city school's to the Valley. So our parents who took the time to vote so that youth can have a better education made the difference so why can't we do and feel the same.

Turtle 2012-10-25 23:07:14 -0500 Report

My state is all mail in now. They have the ballots out about 18 days before election day. Ballots have to be in by a certain time of the day of elections. The day I get my ballot, I usually know who and what I am voting for so, I fill it out and put it in the mail so I do not lose it or forget it and my voice is heard…hopefully. I miss the olden days tho.

GabbyPA 2012-10-28 22:31:46 -0500 Report

They don't offer any on site voting on election day? That sounds so very odd? What state is this?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-25 10:56:07 -0500 Report

I remember registering to vote. I went to our Community Action Center. I was 17 when I graduated high school and it wasn't an election year so I went the next year and got my card. I treasured it. My parents were Republicans and I registered as a Democrat. I didn't understand why they were kind of upset. I do now. The day I went to stand in that booth all alone was amazing. I wrote down all of what I was voting for and took it with me so I would not forget.

Turtle 2012-10-27 00:02:32 -0500 Report

Good memories. My parents never have tried to influence me with political stuff. They just brought me up that I should never discuss religion or political views with friends or I may loose them. So I have kept my views to myself over the years and if there is something I do not understand, I know I can ask my mom what the words mean cuz sometimes they word things in ways that confuse me. I do not ask her how she voted nor to tell me how to vote. Just what the words mean.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-27 19:22:49 -0500 Report

We never discussed voting in my house. We did discuss civil rights as I was in middle school when Dr. King was killed. There are two days in my life from childhood that I will always remember. The days John Kennedy and Dr. King were killed.

The problem with politics and religious discussions are that people who discuss politics usually are not well informed and with people having different beliefs, people never come to any agreements or are willing to agree to disagree.

GabbyPA 2012-10-25 09:28:46 -0500 Report

My first voting time was 1980 and I stood in a cold long, long line to vote. We went into booths with levers and a drawn curtain. It seems almost Orwellian now, looking back. But I remember the pride I had to be able to cast my vote. I have not missed an election since.

Now a days, I volunteer at the polls and have seen a growing number of people showing up over the last few years. (I pass out those "I Voted" stickers still) Things are electronic, so now are they more "Man of the Year"? (if you have not seen that movie, I think it is a great insight to elections) Who is to say. One thing is that at least we have a say (at least is it our belief that we do) It is good to see people feel a duty to do it.

Turtle 2012-10-27 00:10:50 -0500 Report

yes, I remember that way too Gabby. It felt scarry to me. I never did like the wizard of oz and that made me feel like I was in the middle of it.

GabbyPA 2012-10-28 22:33:22 -0500 Report

LOL, yes it was kind of like that wasn't it? I guess it really is the same thing now, just electronic, but no less scary.

jayabee52 2012-10-25 01:27:19 -0500 Report

you sound kinda like I was in grade school. Didn't pay attention to the teacher. Turns out, as I learned later I had ADHD.

Turtle 2012-10-27 00:18:07 -0500 Report

I loved gazing out of the window. Didn't care if I got sent to the office cuz I was out of class then too. One time, the principal sent me to the library to sit and write about something…I do not remember what now. That shows how much that made an impression on me I guess.

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