Casting Our Votes

I walked to the polls today.

Past Matt and Carla, who were working in their yard, so I stopped and we shared jokes about the candidates.  Past Jenny’s daughters, who halted their hula-hooping to greet me with shy voices.  Past Mike, who was driving quickly, but who slowed down just enough to wave and smile. Past a couple who I did not know, but who smiled back and said “hi” when I greeted them.

The early spring warmth and late afternoon sun were new to us, an aura of hope hung in the air, and everyone seemed excited to turn out.

Lisa stood outside the library doors, and we asked each other about kids and work and spring break plans. Gussie pulled up in her van and pronounced herself lazy for driving three blocks rather than walking.  Corinna rushed past us, waving and shouting a quick greeting.  And James came up behind us and commented jovially on the long lines.

And my neighbor Ed?  The one who never says “hi?”  He turned his head and pretended not to see any of  us .





  1. Adrienne · March 16, 2016

    There I was, thinking you loved in this idyllic neighborhood. And then came Ed, the twist at the end. We all know an Ed. Heck, sometimes, I am Ed.


  2. Maria · March 16, 2016

    I was thinking the same thing! I love Ed at the end! Wasn’t it so nice to be outside today? I can’t wait for more days like this one!


  3. Dana Murphy · March 16, 2016

    This is so great! I was right there, waving and chatting with your neighbors. I love this little walk to the polls.

    I wasn’t expecting Ed at the end either. Geez, Ed, way to ruin a perfectly pleasant Slice.


  4. neylonk · March 16, 2016

    I could “see” your block and was with you as we walked. I, too, was surprised with Ed. Does he not get it?? Your slices are always so wonderful to read!


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