Tomorrow is election day, and in Maryland that means a statewide day off school, because how on earth can they use one room of a school for a polling place and still actually HAVE school?? Oh, wait, did I type that out loud? Sorry. It's been that way ever since I was a kid, why should it be different now-shouldn't complain-I do get to spend a day with the kids, which I actually do like. The bigger problem is that I am just flummoxed about who to vote for. I've been doing my homework and what I really need is a Frankenstein's Monster-Candidate who has all the bits and pieces that I want from each candidate's platform, conveniently bolted together into one package. I'm just not satisfied with any one individual. Sad. I'll just have to make my priority list and stick to it.
Tomorrow will be a busy day, so I'll just write about it now. It starts off around 7 with my niece getting dropped off. At 9 I have a knitting encounter with one of my most special young friends, then around 10 am the rest of the nieces and nephews come for the day. My sis is working furiously on her PhD proposal and my sister-in-law-in-law has to work. So, I'll have 5-6 extra kids around at different times of the day. Generally, the cousins do really well together, so it will be a largely peaceful day. My only worry is whether or not it will warm up enough for me to lure them outside for a while. I have to leave for a while in the late afternoon, so my strategy is to hold off on the tv and video games till then, then use those options while I'm gone. Johnathan is doing the quintessentially college-boy thing to do and ditching class to go skiing. It's kinda hard to come down on him when he works and goes to school pretty much 6 days a week without a break and never complains. I hope he has fun.
My afternoon errand is a very happy one as my pal's daughter (who is also my pal) goes to the Temple for the first time. In our faith, that is an opportunity to make covenants and commitments that shape one's religious participation and devotion as an adult. It is a very happy occasion because it is a choice that requires a level of spiritual maturity indicating that an individual is fully committed to the doctrines and practices of the LDS faith. The temple ceremonies are beautiful, simple, and rooted in scripture, but we don't discuss them because we believe they are personal and sacred. Some things need to be experienced in an atmosphere of faith and devotion rather than discussed and analyzed out of context. Tomorrow is in preparation for her marriage on Saturday, which will also take place in the temple. I'm so happy I will be in attendance to rejoice with my friend and her family.
But wait! The day is not over...by the time I get back from the temple, the munchkins will likely all be gone, unless my sis is having a really long day. In any event, at 7 pm, my house opens up as the Official Hang-out for Scarf-Makers once again. Hopefully some folks will come. That goes till 10 pm. By then, my lids will be heavy, my seminary lesson will be prepared, and I will be ready for bed. So, in case I don't get to check in tomorrow, you'll already know what I'm up to.