Thursday, November 06, 2008

Exhale




I think it's finally starting to sink in. I'm still stunned.



I took Boo with me to vote on Tuesday. Our polling place is only a couple of blocks away so we walked over and on the way, I explained what I was doing, that I was voting for Barack Obama to be the next President. The place was crowded but there were only a few people ahead of me in line. I got my ballot, filled it in and let Boo feed it into the optical reader. As we were walking out of the place, she turned to me and said "So, where's the water, Mama? I thought we were going boating with Barack Obama."


I spent a long time on the phone on Election Night with daysgoby. For much of the time, once the election was called, she and I were silent, watching the crowds gather, watching this thing become a reality, occasionally saying "Oh my god, I can't believe it." It was intense to watch it with someone else who feels as passionately about politics as I do.


And then yesterday, I was sick. Feverish, achey, the whole nine yards. I've had a horrible cold for two weeks, so I don't know if I'm now getting something else or what the story was, but I spent the day on the couch, huddled under blankets, trying to keep down weak tea and toast. My mother was out for a visit, thankfully, which was a huge help. I'm still feeling a bit funky today, but at least I'm functional.


It's funny. I really never thought we'd win. It does seem like a ridiculous comparison, but I've looked at this race the way I used to look at the Red Sox. It always seemed so close, just within our grasp, but then we'd blow it somehow. I was so afraid this was going to happen with this election, that we'd be the 2003 Red Sox and instead we were the 2004 Red Sox and just like that year, I don't know what to do with myself. It's been so long since I've backed the winning team. Man, it feels good.

7 comments:

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Loved her boating comment.

I was sick yesterday too---almost identical to your symptoms. I wanted to dance around the house singing, but instead spent the day huddled under covers with Kleenex and ginger ale. But, the singing can wait for another day. I have 4+ years to sing.

Lisa said...

It does feel good!

Laurie said...

I am still awestruck

I hope you are feeling better today!!

T- said...

It is amazing to be on the winning team!

I hope you are feeling better.

daysgoby said...

I love that speech. I'm still tearing up every time I hear it.

It's awesome, being on the threshold of a new day.

Thanks for being there and sharing it with me.

Ms Picket To You said...

The GFYO said the same frickin' thing: this is not our boat?!??!

No, you're right GFYO: but it could be the difference b/w sink or swim.

So now we swim.

Ree said...

I, too, was scared - scared right up until they called Ohio and I could fall asleep - not sure we would still win, but knowing that one huge hurdle was past.

I danced the streets of Chicago the next morning.

Feel better friend!