Election 2012: Do YOU have a motorcade parked in your backyard?


Today will be an intense day.

I dropped my son off at daycare for the first time.

It’s Election Day.

I’ve only had 3 and a half hours of sleep and I’ve already drank two lattes.

I’m wondering about the germs in the daycare and whether I should get the social security numbers of the preschool workers.  I am wondering about the world that I am leaving to my son and my 1, 2, or 3 unborn children.  (Yes honey…we aren’t done yet.) Will they be able to get a job?  Will I ever pay off my student loans?  Will they learn to be compassionate and help others?  Should I teach them Mandarin, Spanish, or Arabic?

I am a myriad of emotions.

Two years ago, in late October, I prayed for my son to not be born on two days:  Halloween and Election Day.  I figured it was bad karma to be born on a day that celebrated monsters, and worse karma to be born on a day that celebrated politicians.   As fate should have it, as people went to the polls in early November, I was driving to the hospital to meet my son.

Today, I think about the world I am leaving to him.

Though too young to understand, I dropped him off today to introduce him to a world that my instincts want to protect him from.   As I drove away from his school and headed towards my voting precinct, I unexpectedly came across the Presidential motorcade parked in my neighborhood.

The Presidential motorcade was parked in my community.

…on the southside…

…of Chicago.

(Four blocks from a Harold’s Fried Chicken.)

I was instantly moved to tears.

I realized…

I am leaving my son a world where the President can be equally versed in Jay Z and Bruce Springsteen, Bach and Mozart.

I am leaving my son a world that can make a Harvard-educated, bi-racial, community organizer and law professor the most powerful person in the world.

I am leaving my son a world where he can be President.


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    Kay Smith is a Chicago-based freelance writer and blogger who focuses on race, politics and urban culture. Having worked on public policy at the state, regional, city and community level, her opinions have been featured in the Chicago SunTimes and a host of news websites (under very mysterious sounding pseudonyms). Follow her on Twitter @kaywillsmith or contact her at kaywilliamsmith@gmail.com.

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