Just found out minutes ago that the three candidates Mrs. Fruit and I supported for our Borough Council CRUSHED the incumbents in all precincts. Mrs. Fruit designed the campaign promotional material pro bono and went door-to-door for our guys (actually, 2 Democratic women and 1 Republican guy). I wrote a letter to the editor.
I love election day. I've lived in three states officially: West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. (Unofficially, I've lived in Maryland. There was a girl involved in the "unofficial" part). In all those states, I've never, ever missed an election, even the most piddly one. For my first presidential election, I drove from Blacksburg, Virginia to Charleston, West Virginia to cast my vote for Michael Dukakis. And then I turned around and drove back. Later, I would learn about something called an "absentee ballot."
My family modeled really good voting behavior. They also never missed voting, and talked about politics a lot at the dinner table. They were (and are, for the most part) staunch Republicans. Voting, like funerals, was sort of a communal activity. I remember neighbors greeting one another and laughing and talking. It was an opportunity to socialize.
Mrs. Fruit has gone to a victory party to offer congratulations. I took a Benadryl a while ago because I have to get up at the crack of dawn for yoga. So, I'm sending sleepy props to my new Councilwomen and -man.