As parents, we raise our children to the best of our ability. If they learn to feed themselves, clothe themselves, and all around be decent people of society?
Well, then we have done our job. And, thankfully, I did. My oldest daughter turned eighteen this year.
As her parent, I have to wonder. Did I give her a voice? Did I teach her the fundamentals of government, justice, and law? Does she know her voice matters? Even if that voice is small and young.
Raising her, I didn’t really think about the voting issue. I wasn’t taught much about it myself, or at least, I didn’t pay much attention if I was.
Would she? Would she wonder? Would she question? Would she speak up?
I hoped so. Despite the fact, as her mother, I am not known for my political expertise, or even having a dogged opinion.
I am not much on debating.
I watch, quietly.
I listen, attentively.
And in the end, I vote with my heart and pray with all my might.
Did I pass this on to her? I don’t know, but I do know one thing.
Her first year of age.
During a very important Presidential election vote.
She cast her ballot.
She lifted her voice.
And I am soooo proud of her.
What about you? Are you exercising your right to vote?