As young 14 year old kid, my candidate did not become President. I was devastated. My wails could be heard all over the house. I knew the world was coming to an end as soon as the President-Elect was sworn into office. (I was a dramatic teen. If you don’t believe me, just ask my brothers.) Eventually, my Dad came into the room to comfort me. He told me, “Amee, I’m going to let you in on a big adult secret.” Of course, I stopped crying. I was 14 and I loved the idea of knowing a grown up secret. Dad told me that sometimes his candidate won and sometimes they didn’t win. He told me that the world kept on spinning either way. He felt that what happened in our house probably mattered more than what happened in the White House. The important thing was to make your community a better place, vote your conscience, work with others for the good of everybody and not be a brat to people who don’t vote like you vote. It was a good lesson then. It’s a critical lesson now.
Dad, you’re a wise man. I’d vote for you for President. Mom, you’re also amazing. I’d vote for you too.