Because I try to do my part, November 4, 2014 was a busy day. I was at the polls working as a volunteer for the Republican Party. As the result of that experience, I would like to tell you about two ladies.
A Hard Working Candidate For Public Office
When people arrived, I passed out sample ballots, and when people left I tried to make certain they knew about the special election scheduled for December 23, 2014. Yep! Just two days before Christmas the voters in Prince William County’s Brentsville Magisterial District get to elect their new member on the Board of Supervisors. Here are the candidates (from here).
- Eric A. Young (Democrat) http://www.EricYoungPWC.com
- Jeanine M. Lawson (Republican) http://JeanineLawson.com
- Scott A. Jacobs (Independent)
Naturally, I was there to support the Republican, Jeanine Lawson. She spent the day visiting the polls, meeting voters, and encouraging the campaign volunteers. Since she is working hard and taking advantage every opportunity to get her name and her campaign platform before the voters, I expect she will do well.
Jeanine’s brief bio really doesn’t do her justice. If her 19 years as a resident of the Brentsville District were a degree, we could properly say she has earned a doctorate in Virginia politics and local government.
An Elderly Lady Doing Her Duty
There was a stream of folks walking down the sidewalk coming to vote. Nevertheless, that little lady got my attention. She came slowly down the sidewalk with a walker, struggling where someone younger would have just sauntered at their ease. I had to admire her spunk. Here was someone making a serious effort to vote, and she was determined to do it right.
A little while latter, she came back out. Tired, she asked to borrow a chair. So I sat down and chatted with her, a little concerned and curious to hear what she might say. She had had surgery on her back twice. Her doctors said she needed surgery one more time, but because her age they recommended against it. They did think she would survive. So she found it painful to get around. Nevertheless, she considered it a duty to vote. So she did.
She also mentioned Holland, where she had come from. Until 1967, the law required everyone to vote. Given her attitude, I expect most in Holland still consider it everyone’s duty to vote. As a citizen of this country, this lady certainly considers it her duty to vote.
After our little chat, she was rested, and I escorted her the rest of the way to her car. I chuckled. That frail little lady drove a little red sports car, well made and well kept. When I expressed surprise she could drive, she let me know her back bothered her, but her and arms and legs worked quite well, and the seat was comfortable.
So if you see an elderly lady get out of a little red sports car and pull a walker out of her trunk, give her a salute. We can depend upon her to give all she has to do her duty.