Yes, I know, I cut off half of his face - but he won't take another picture. This is the only one I have where he's not looking off in a different direction, or making a weird face.
I remember my first voting experience. I was nervous - what if they told me I really wasn't allowed to vote? I *was* 18, after all, but I didn't feel like a grown up. It was nerve wracking - what if I voted for the wrong candidate? I really didn't know all of the ins and outs of politics -
and now, oddly enough, I don't even remember WHO I voted for. Something I stressed over SO much has completely dissipated from my mind.
This is the first election in which I have a kid old enough to vote. It's been an interesting, though slightly unnerving, experience to discuss political issues with someone who can make up their own mind and vote in the way that he thinks best - to make up his own mind and vote his own conscience is a scary thing.
I have to trust that I did the right things, said the right things, instructed in the matters that are most critical - and hope like crazy that I've raised a kid strong enough to know what to do.