Saturday, November 8, 2008

Should I fall behind, wait for me

If I Should Fall Behind
We said we'd walk together baby come what may
That come the twilight should we lose our way
If as we're walkin a hand should slip free
I'll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me

These Springsteen lyrics, for me, symbolize all that is right with the election of Obama for president. No matter your political affiliation, I hope you can agree that Obama will be a president who WILL wait for those who may, or have, fallen behind. Falling behind economically, falling behind due to cognitive or physical differences, falling behind due to discrimination and intolerance - I truly believe that Obama will set the tone for America that will wait for all of us to catch up.

This is my first post with a political bent, since I have learned that people of all political persuasions have children with special needs. I have learned this a few times, the hard way, at birthday parties and such (you know what they say about making assumptions...) But, maybe part of being in those middle years is saying, OK, "I Yam What I Yam" and while not obnoxiously flaunting my beliefs (I'll leave that to Generation Y), I will not hid them, either.

Here is what a few of my fellow bloggers have written about this historic election:

Barb at Awalkabout's weblog wrote Vindicated!
Karen at Midlife's A Trip wrote about the election through the eyes of her young niece in Peanut on Obama

And for those of you suffering from a let down after the election, you may have "Post Traumatic Obama Election Disorder", This video from the Onion describes the symptoms. It is a hoot. I can certainly think of worse maladies!!!


Susan said...

I love it. Great post, great links!

Carol said...

Thanks, Susan. You always have a positive comment when I wax quasi-philosophical! Carol

Anonymous said...

First of all, I have to say that oldest freaked out his parapros at school when they had their mock election. He voted like the other typical kids (and even wrote about it in his nightly email!). Of course, he voted for the candidate of this house.

Secondly, I have a bad case of post-electionitus. My family is very political and we have always discussed political issues....I loved that ONION webisode.

Thirdly, what suprised me about this election(from a personal standpoint) was that how some parents of special needs children are so oblivious (or maybe, I just ran into the one who is). While waiting for pick-up at preschool, another parent said to me something about how one of the candidates had a special needs child (she didn't know who it was, she didn't know anything else, but that it was someone and that they had some special needs in their family). I replied to her who it was and that BOTH parties had mentioned families with autism at their conventions, in their stump speeches, on their websites, etc. I probably freaked her out (she hasn't talked to me since). I told her what a 'political block' parents of children with autism has become by sheer numbers. Again, I probably freaked her out with my knowledge and with the fact that I know so much.

Is it just me or is the first thing that I did when I looked at the candidates was their information on how they are going to help families with autism? Maybe, I am a little obsessive (I could tell you each candidates ideas).

Did anyone else go directly to those pages on the candidates' websites? Or, am I weird (probably so)?


Karen said...

Carol--great post. Thanks for the link. I'm thinking you should write about politics more--you're a natural!

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