Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Privileged To Vote. Use It Or Lose It.

I Voted. Did You?
One of the doctors [in my office] and I have been talking politics since last September when he saw a Ron Paul sticker on my desk.

Yesterday, this doc stopped me in the hall just to tell me he got to vote early. [I guess it's a doctor's privilege to do so because of their crazy hours.] He was very excited about voting and I asked him why he wasn't wearing his "I Voted" sticker. What he told me next just warmed my heart.

He said he put his sticker on an index card, documented the date, signed it, and gave it to his daughters. This was his first time voting in America! I had no idea! You see, he's an ESL (English as Second Language) doc from another country. I was so happy to see his genuine excitement for this special event in his life; something a lot of us take for granted.

I told him he should have kept his sticker long enough to wear to work the next day [today] and he said, "I know! Why don't you get me one tomorrow morning when you go vote."

Let me tell you. I was never so excited to get up early to go vote as I was this morning. I got up extra early (which I HATE to do), placed my vote and got a sticker for myself, the doc and another one for his wife. I placed the two extras on his desk before he came in. Less than 1/2 hour later he showed up in my office doorway with a big smile on his face and thanked me for the stickers. He seems to be walking a little taller now when I see him in the hall.

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