Common Tragedies

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I voted

Posted by Daniel Hall on November 5, 2008

I went to vote after work today.  There was rain in Washington most of this afternoon and into the early evening.  I walked over to the school that was my neighborhood polling station with my umbrella.

I live in Brookland, a neighborhood mostly composed of African American families.  At 11 pm Eastern, when the polls closed in California and the networks declared the election for Obama, I wandered out onto my front porch with a couple friends.  In the distance I could hear a car horn going off, and someone was shooting off fireworks a couple blocks over.  The rain had stopped.  My neighbor across the street and a couple doors down emerged onto her porch.  She unfurled an American flag and hung it on a column of her porch.  My friends and I broke into cheering and clapping; my neighbor waved back and joined in.

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One Response to “I voted”

  1. Kara said

    Succint, yet incredibly poignant. Please save this entry for review in 10 years when you are drafting your masterpiece. :)

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