Did you see the YouTube video of 4-year-old Abigael Evans crying because she was so sick of hearing about “Bronco Bama” and Mitt Romney? In three days, it had well over 6 million views — in part, I’m guessing, because a lot of us are feeling that way too.
And no wonder we’re tired of it. The run-up to this election started well over two years ago. Aside from the Olympics and a couple of days of reporting on Hurricane Sandy, you couldn’t escape political coverage. It’s everywhere: stump speeches out on the campaign trail, polls, conventions, fact checking, debates. Not to mention partisan robocalls and ads on every TV channel, radio station, and web page.
I feel swamped by the micro-minutiae of political innuendo and positioning. Every gaffe, every appearance, every report is analyzed in light of polling. The Twitter feed on the debates felt like a virtual spin room. This one is sweating; that one looks tired. And most importantly, retweet if you think your guy won.
It’s enough to make anyone cry.
And yet, tomorrow represents one of our nation’s most important days — a Civic High Holy Day, as my husband calls it. Participation of an informed electorate in the democratic process is one of the cornerstones of our country. Election Day should be celebrated, not because it’s the gasping end of a long, tedious, sniping campaign season, but because it’s part of the peaceful process of determining who our governing officials will be. Not every country is so lucky.
And I think the occasion warrants cookies.
If you think it seems insignificant or frivolous to make U.S.-shaped cut-out cookies to celebrate tomorrow, I respectfully disagree. We decorate sugar cookies for other holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, and Valentine’s Day. So yesterday, we picked up this cookie cutter and rolled out some dough:
We peacefully assembled in the kitchen with our decorating implements:
And everyone expressed their individual opinion on his/her own cookie platform.
I give you… our Election Day cookies.
E made a lovely, very patriotic flag:
C created what I believe is a scathing, post-modern indictment of the messiness of political campaigning sprinkled with the overarching joy of freedom. Or something like that. He ate it awfully quickly for a full interpretation:
M’s cookie got away from him, as icing is wont to do. He made symbols for the Republican Party, Democratic Party, the Tea Party, and the Green Party…. I think:
My cookie (which I might add was delicious):
My husband S referenced statistical guru Nate Silver’s Five Thirty-Eight blog to create, in cookie, the state-by-state probability map:
The kids have the day off of school tomorrow, and I’m taking them with me to cast my ballot. If you’re a U.S. citizen, celebrate Election Day with us: vote. And then have a cookie.