Those of you who regularly read this blog know that I set my books in England, travel there when I can, and often post about topics of interest to other Anglophiles like me. But today, on US election day, let me state for the record: I may have a crush on England, but I am in a deeply-committed relationship with America. 🙂 And although I shake my head at and mourn some of the things going on here, I am still grateful to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. A land where our leaders are still decided by ballots rather than bullets, as I was reminded of in church this past Sunday.
This weekend, my eighteen-year-old-son, who is a freshman at a college out of state, returned to Minnesota for his first visit home. He had applied for an absentee ballot, but since he came home spur of the moment, we decided to go to an early voting facility nearby so he could vote in person. It felt important and good to be there as he cast his ballot for the first time, to help him navigate the steps, and share the patriotism and responsibility of this right of passage into adulthood.
I didn’t know about early voting before this. I knew of course there were ways for people serving abroad to vote ahead of time, but not the average Joe, er, Julie. It sure was quick and easy. (Well nothing about this particular election was easy, but you know what I mean.)
Afterward, the four of us celebrated the momentous occasion by going out to lunch together. Our younger son took it all in with quiet interest, which hopefully made an impact on him for the future.
Since today is my day to post, consider this my gentle reminder to American readers to vote if you haven’t already. It also serves as a reminder to myself, to keep praying for our beautiful country, regardless of the outcome of today’s election. In closing, I leave you with this uplifting video from the group Home Free, performing their stirring version of “God Bless the USA.”