Monday, November 05, 2018

The Superstitious Voter

I'm going to vote.

I'm going to vote a straight Democratic ticket. I have done this since 1980.

This year, after I vote, I'm going to come home and avoid the television like the plague.

Two years ago I was off work on election day. I spent the day painting trim in my foyer, and as I painted I kept hearing the prognostications. Then the evening came, I was still painting near the t.v., and I heard all of the awful events unfold in real time.

My daughter The Fair was still living at home, and she turned six shades of pale and asked for a glass of wine ... which she couldn't drink. Mr. J just stared at the t.v. in a state of apoplexy.

By midnight, Fair and I were weeping.

This time, maybe if I don't watch any returns, some degree of normal will return to the landscape.

It's magical thinking. But what if I'm right?

5 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Do whatever it takes to ensure a good result, Anne!

jenmoon said...

I'm not watching either.

Bob Slatten said...

"This year, after I vote, I'm going to come home and avoid the television like the plague."

Ditto.

Anonymous said...

HI,
I went to bed early two years ago, woke in the middle of the night, read the bad new, and my stomach dropped. It's still missing. I often despair.
Jenny

anne marie in philly said...

spouse and I voted early this morning. turnout is heavy at my polling place. (crosses fingers)