Tuesday, November 7, 2017

So (NOT) Together

Hey, did you vote today?

I did.

It's big election year in Virginia, and people are coming out in droves despite the rain. I love the quiet orderliness of our polling place-- an elementary school gymnasium. People there may be on different sides of the political aisle, but there are just quiet hellos and hugs for neighbors you may not have seen in a while, and the chance to buy items to support the local high school's marching band. It's civil, and weighty, and dignified.

After I checked in, a polling volunteer said to me, "Be sure you put your ID away. You don't want to lose it." I nodded, because of course, that's what I was planning on doing next. When I didn't get my wallet out fast enough, however, she continued, in a sincere voice, "Yes, take your time. It's that important." After I'd tucked it away under her watchful gaze, I headed over to the table to vote, then exited the gym.

The whole process took 5 minutes, and as always, it felt like a privilege.

When I got in the car and secured my seat belt, I thought of how the woman, while unfailingly kind, didn't seem convinced I would take good care of my ID. I mean, after all, I'm pushing 50 and have never lost my driver's license. Sheesh. Perhaps there'd been a lot of lost ID's so far that morning.

I glanced over at my center console. On it sat my very favorite pair of earrings-- sparkly silver feathers from Pandora. I may not have showered today, but I was well-accessorized and even had make-up on, in case I ran into any long-lost friends on my one big outing for the day. On the drive over, however, I'd felt one earring fall off, the back disappearing somewhere in the car or down my shirt. I'd placed both earrings on the console while I went inside the school.

Now, still wondering why the poll lady didn't think I could take good care of my personal property, I backed out of the parking space to let a waiting car pull in.

Clink. Clink.

Both earrings flew off the console into the depths of the car. An hour of searching turned up just one earring, a Littlest Pet Shop dog, a tube of hydrocortisone cream and two gummy bears caked in dog hair.

I think I need to go back and tell the polling lady she had every right to be concerned.


NanaDiana said...

hahahah---things like that happen to me all the time. It's always humbling, isn't it?

I used to carry one of those wide rubber bands in my car/pocket when I wore earrings all the time. If you lose a backing you just use a little square of that rubber band, push it over the post and you are good to go. (well, I had to keep a little mini-scissors in my car, too, to do that).

Have a wonderful afternoon & evening. xo Diana

Jean said...

Love your posts. Read every one. Tonight my dog stole one of my knitting stitch markers. Retrieved half of it. The other half is probably “in the works.”

Gigi said...

I do stuff like that ALL THE TIME - and yet, I like to think that usually I have myself together - but there are some days... It happens to all of us.

Rachel said...

Big smiles at this one! We all have our forgetful, why-did-I-just-do-that days. :) Thank you for voting and describing it as a privilege, which it is. We should all make sure to exercise the privilege, and keep working to expand it to and preserve it for others.

Anonymous said...

6. There are lots of #1 teacher presents.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

How funny! And so very like me. I imagine I am older than you from your photo, but I have been doing things like this for years. I probably would have smirked at that lady though.....just a bit. LOL!

Dawn said...

Hope you find the other earring! It's amazing what you can find under the driver's seat in a car. Glad you voted. Wish everybody did.