I voted just about an hour ago and I've not stopped grinning since. I could've voted a straight Democratic ticket. But I NEEDED to fill in the circle beside Obama's name. NEEDED to make it clear that my vote was for him. NEEDED it like the air I breathe. And I'm so very glad I took the time to do it the long way. (Holy cow, lots of folks to vote for this election!)
After my vote was cast, I called my mom. "Mom, your little Democrat just cast her vote!" I said. "Nooooo!" she said. (Just to be clear here: she loves that I get out there and vote. She just wishes that I took after her and my dad and voted Republican.)
Despite its flaws, the democratic process makes me very happy. And right now I'm buoyed up by hope that the change I feel we need will actually happen.