Sweet Land of Liberty

2 Nov

I haven’t bought that answering machine yet, but yesterday around this time, I was sure wishing I had. My little girl felt sick yesterday, so the two of us stayed home. All day we were bombarded by political phone calls. The phone rang over and over and over again — about every 20 or 30 minutes, although Kaitlyn, who was trying to sleep, insists that it rang much more often than that.

By late afternoon, I had listened to more than my share of political recordings. Feeling a bit cranky, I waited for the phone to ring yet again. When it did, I snatched it up and answered with a gruff “WHAT?” But it wasn’t another recording. It was my mother. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Despite the tiresome political bombardment, Election Day is, no doubt, important. My dad, a war veteran, taught me to appreciate the privilege of casting my vote — a lesson that one of my neighbors reinforced for me today.

My neighbor, who is quite possibly a war veteran himself, was in a motor cycle accident a few months ago. His injuries were extensive. His recovery has been painful and slow. His doctors wondered if he would ever walk again. If there was a list of people with valid excuses for not voting today, my neighbor’s name would have been at the top.

Yet, as I walked toward the polling place this afternoon, my neighbor called out my name. Turning, I saw him making his way toward me. I watched as he struggled to take each small step. With the gentle help of his caring wife, as well as a walker, he slowly, but proudly, made his way to the polls to cast his vote.

I wish my children had been there to see him. Because I want them to appreciate how blessed we are to be living in a free country. I want them to understand that Election Day is not just about squabbling politicians. It’s about us living in the land of the free — because this was the home of the brave.


2 Responses to “Sweet Land of Liberty”

  1. Dan November 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    Great post! Many have given their all for freedom. Thank you for reminding us of our duty, to be citizens.

  2. Wagonwife Designs November 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    What an inspiration! I agree it is important.
    Hope the little one is better

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