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    Out of Oregon come the story --

    A couple went to turn in their ballots, telling their kids - age 14 and 5 - that they would be voting, and back later.

    When they returned, the 5 year old was crying inconsolably. They finally got her to say that she was so upset because 'she didn't get to go'.

    So dad bundled her up, and took her to the elections department, showed her where they'd voted, and gave her a lengthy tutorial on the importance of doing your civic duty, the mechanics of voting, the history of our nation, and his own pride that she was interested in such things. She sat quietly the whole ride home, and seemed to take it all in.

    When they got home, she told Mom, "I thought you said boating".

    <thanks to Harvey Golden>
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    Default Re: Voting Disappointment

    Hehehe....

    I do like that!
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Default Re: Voting Disappointment

    Literally the same thing happened with my then-10 year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    Literally the same thing happened with my then-10 year old.
    Bet she knows better now though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Bet she knows better now though!
    I took her to vote yesterday. Her second election; first one was the primaries this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    I took her to vote yesterday. Her second election; first one was the primaries this year.
    It is with deep pleasure that I've observed each of my kids - our youngest is now of age too - vote conscientiously and at every opportunity. We haven't always voted for the same candidates, which also makes me proud.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

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    Default Re: Voting Disappointment

    My daughter also actually did something like that when she was about five. They were leaving the polling station; she said 'Mommy, where's the boat?'
    "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
    for nature cannot be fooled."

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    Default Re: Voting Disappointment

    I seem to recall getting the two words confused as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    It is with deep pleasure that I've observed each of my kids - our youngest is now of age too - vote conscientiously and at every opportunity. We haven't always voted for the same candidates, which also makes me proud.
    Mine are 25 & 30, and have voted before, of course, but this year was the first we all had a family seminar on the issues and candidates. It was great fun. So much fun to see them continuing to mature and turn into such interesting people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    It is with deep pleasure that I've observed each of my kids - our youngest is now of age too - vote conscientiously and at every opportunity. We haven't always voted for the same candidates, which also makes me proud.
    It is a joy, isn't it? My kiddos, especially my older, share political opinions openly and articulately, and are thoughtful in listening carefully. I'm very proud of mine, two.

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    I remember going with Mom to the polls. I thought the voting machines were great with all those levers to move especially the one at the top that closed the drape. Voting looked like fun.

    Who knew it would be so deadly serious?

    I'm proud of mine as well. They all voted and they all voted wisely.
    One of the most enduring qualities of an old wooden boat is the smell it imparts to your clothing.

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    I went with my Mom as a kid & not only did they have "I voted" stickers, they had "I will vote when I'm old enough" ones for kids. I wore it proudly.

    Is this current nightmare over yet? Not to get hyperbolic, but I believe this election is for the soul of the US. Not sure I want the answer though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    I remember going with Mom to the polls. I thought the voting machines were great with all those levers to move especially the one at the top......
    For a moment i thought you'd been brought to a casino......

    (shiver - is that a metaphor?)
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    Default Re: Voting Disappointment

    Well, I'm disappointed. I went boating, and Trump is still president.

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