This post is for all of you who are feeling anxiety like me right now. We know that this is the most important election in our lifetime. So much is on the ballot besides candidates and names!
Maybe this time you have already voted early in person, just to be sure your vote will be counted. Maybe you chose to mail your absentee ballot, because of virus concerns. Maybe you are going to mask up and show up at your polling place on Tuesday November 3. If so, what is the forecast?
Tom Skilling’s forecast for November 3 is for a beautiful day in Chicago–sunny and dry, not so windy, and high temperatures near 60 degrees. Not like last year when we had 4 inches of snow for Halloween! A cold front went through on Sunday, and leaves were blowing around. I saw a young father raking leaves with his little boy. High piles of leaves like I remember as a child.
Some things don’t change. Even now the bare branches have buds of next spring’s flowers.
Oh Spring seems so far away—as we are halfway between the fall equinox and winter solstice. Dark so early, now and even earlier after the time change. Still, light at 6:30 in the morning again, and people out walking their dogs.
This is the ordinary and miraculous. As democracy should be. We the people, each with our own lives, can come together and vote on what is good. On what matters. On our future.
The political climate has changed since 2016, when the Cubs won the World Series and Donald Trump got the most votes in the Electoral College. Things have changed. And we have changed, too.
For four years, we have seen lies, cheating, stealing and corruption normalized. Fascism and racism encouraged. Enough!
Now everything we know has changed because of a killer virus. Jobs, businesses, schools, everything. How will people live now?
People are voting early in record numbers. There are record numbers of mail-in ballots. And many young people who were too young to vote in 2016 are old enough to vote in 2020. These kids have been active in gun control issues, environmental issues, climate issues. It is their future they are voting for.
And for those of us who are not so young, we are voting for the future, too. A future where science matters. where facts matter, and rights are respected. Where all voices matter, not just the rich and powerful.
Oh yes! These are scary and transformative times. Change is coming. Choose love over fear.