Gretchen Rubin

Election 2008: The happiness of voting, or, why it’s nice to live around the corner from your in-laws.

We live right around the corner from my in-laws, and I mean right around the corner. Their building is at the end of our street.

Our mutual voting place is on the same block, around the opposite corner, and my mother-in-law had the good idea to get up, first thing, to vote as soon as the polls opened. So this morning at 6:00 am, she called to give us the field report. The wait wasn’t too bad, so I rolled out of bed to get in line – I was about 30 people behind her, and I also saw three good friends and a couple of acquaintances. I was back at home by 7:10.

I love to vote, but I don’t love to wait in line for a long time, and by the time I walked the Little Girl to school, I could see people lined up around the block at two different polling places we passed. I was very HAPPY that I had my voting safely accomplished. Now we just have to wait to see what happens. Worried about dealing with post-election blues? Consider reading this.

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