Last night, while standing in my kitchen, I was overcome with a flood of emotions and shed a few tears thinking about voting for a woman presidential candidate on Tuesday and all that could mean. Sure, this may seem silly or trivial to you and you may shake your head in disgust or confusion, but to this bossy girl who has never backed down from an argument with a man and NEVER thought women should be standing behind a man instead of next to or in front of a man, this is big…dare I say…YUGE!
And it's not just that it's a woman, it's this woman: Hillary Clinton. I am so proud to be voting for her tomorrow. Again, you may not understand this, but I DO like her, respect her and think she has what it takes to be president. She has been standing her ground and fighting for people for so long and NEVER giving up…EVER. Hillary has more stamina than people half her age; she amazes me! This is the kind of strong, smart, experienced woman I have dreamed of becoming president.
But I'm not here to convince you. At this late hour, you have made your decision and likely already cast your vote. No, I'm simply brimming with emotions and excitement and anxiety and maybe you are too.
So, tomorrow I'll go with my two boys and color in that little oval as my boys witness this momentous occasion, we'll get the I VOTED sticker and I might spill a few tears thinking of all the women who have come before and made crack after crack in that glass ceiling, giving me the right to vote, the strength to voice my strong opinions, the opportunity to get an education and become an attorney and the chance to vote for female candidates in races at every level of government. I can't tell you how excited I am about this!
I will wait on pins and needles and monitor polls and news reports as polls close and counts come in, and you can bet I'll be praying for our nation, our leaders and our citizens.
This is personal. I am a woman. I am a Christian. I am a mom. I support love and mercy and kindness and coming together, helping those who can't help themselves and living in harmony, regardless of differing backgrounds, opinions, religions and standing up for all peoples' rights. I refuse to succumb to an Us v. Them, hateful, fearful, antagonist, racist, misogynistic attitude.
I…we…have a lot at stake tomorrow. I know I am not alone in this flood of emotions leading up to this day. So, here's to all the women (and men) who have fought so hard for women's rights. I can't wait for that glass ceiling to shatter. Over and out…