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We got up extra early today to go and cast our votes in the 2012 presidential election.

The kids were especially interested in the election this year, and I must say, I’ve been impressed with how much they’ve talked about the election process at school, and how much they have already learned about our political system.

They wanted to come with us this morning, so we went to the polling place before school so they could see what the process was all about. As we walked up to the building, Noel leaned over and whispered to Anna, “Now remember, if anyone asks, you’re 18 years old, ok?” Heh. Although in Illinois – the land of “vote early, vote often!” the humor is probably lost.

I’m feeling a little anxious about the outcome of this election. Unlike the previous one, where I felt like I knew what the outcome would be long before election day even rolled around (and it turns out my intuition was right), I feel like this one could go either way, and somehow it feels like so much more is at stake this year. It’s making me a little twitchy, but what’s to be done but sit and wait and chew your fingernails? Well, that, and breathe a huge sigh of relief that all the campaigning (and everything that goes along with it) is over for another four years….sheesh.

We’ve done our civic duty for the day. Have you?