Teagan came with me to vote last night. I felt led to bring her with me so we can teach her, by example, to exercise her right. The right that men and women died for. I told her just that. I explained what I did at every step and then when we got to the booth I told her about the soldiers that fought for Mommy to be able to do this. For her to be able to do this when she was old enough. I explained how important it was for her to know about what she would vote for. To educate herself. To look at both sides of the argument. I told her to make sure the vote was hers and nobody else's. I told her it was okay if she struggled with her choice until she put pen to paper or finger to computer screen. I told her Mommy and Daddy would be proud of her no matter what.
I know she is only 2 and probably won't remember much about this day other than she got a sticker. We will continue to take her with us when we vote and Kyra Mae will make the journey with us next time. I want them both to know the importance of voting. The importance of struggling with a difficult decision. The importance of educating themselves and making their own decision. How else will they learn, if we don't teach them?