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One moment in time

November 5, 2008 - Erin O'Neill
The poll question on this Web site today asks where you were when history was being made.

In another time, I would probably have answered that I was celebrating (or crying) with my fellow party members and family and friends at the headquarters or an event somewhere watching the results roll in and witnessing democracy in action.

That was before I had a 3-year-old and a job that requires me to get up at the crack of dawn.

But this historic election has not passed me by unnoticed. Good grief, how could it?

Even my daughter recognized the candidates when they came on TV. "We like him," she would say, or "We don't like that guy...he's mean."

She could even identify whose sign belonged to whom.

Of course, I tried to explain to her as best I could what was going on, who the people were, what they believed in and why some people were mad at other people.

I come from a family with strong political beliefs. We don't always agree but I learned at a very young age that, if I wanted to change something, I needed to speak up and do something about it.

I am very proud of what happened yesterday. The voter turnout was incredible and this country proved that the process matter what the outcome.

I didn't get to experience this momentous event in any glamorous way...I was at home in bed flipping through channels and staying up much too late.

But years from now when my child asks me, "mom, where were you?" I'll be proud to say, "home with you...and I wouldn't have had it any other way."


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