By Delores Topliff
The election is over. Balloons have drifted away and the confetti has fallen. It’s time for those elected to roll up their sleeves and work on sobering tasks.
For me, the brightest spot in this election was being a ballot box judge in a small Minnesota town. I loved seeing 94% of 2400 registered voters turn out to vote because they cared. That alone was great. They came in all shapes, sizes, and manner of people. Our 15 voting stations were divided by red, white and blue protective canvas curtains down to knee level. At times people stood one to two deep waiting for their turn. We saw all kinds of dress including three sets of pajamas with slippers. What else?
- mechanics and carpenter coveralls
- farm overalls
- scrubs (complete with stethoscope)
- fluorescent road worker suits
- a police uniform with loaded belt
- all varieties of military and hunting camouflage
- more unique hats than I can count—you name it, we saw it.
Mostly smiling people exercised their choice—although some looked concerned. We heard friendly tones of neighbors saying, “My vote cancelled out yours,” or “I just saved our country.”
If people flubbed their ballot, they had to choose to take the time to complete a new one—or not. No one left without doing so.
The election is over. Votes are counted. Booths folded and ballot boxes stored away. Whether we agree with the outcome or not, we have to love the system and the people involved in the process.
Clothes, shoes, hats--these are all examples of people exercising choice, of a free people expressing individual uniqueness and preferences through personal choices.
We also exercise choice in the words we speak—or don’t.
How about you? We are freely given nearly endless opportunities to exercise choices. Share some of the favorite ways you exercise and express yours.