I’m so excited about the huge turnout in the American elections that I just have to post this. It seems as if the nation is finally turning out in droves to make their mark – to mark the need for a change of direction.
Already at the crack of dawn, people in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, turned out to vote in the dark.
Also – before dawn – we see sleepy-eyed Virginians ready to vote.
It has been taking voters over an hour to get into the polling stations to vote. Queues are snaking around neighbourhoods as people wait their turn.
This is my favourite photo (thanks Kichiro Sato for sending this in to the NY Times). Away from the crowds, in Beck’s Mill General Store, Ohio, in a place where time seems to stand still: there, hidden in in an aisle amongst the household cleaning products, a farmer’s wife casts her vote. It seems like such a solitary poll booth – and yet, so connected with what else is going on in the country today (or is that yesterday?).
You have not disappointed us: the change that we sensed in the air has become a reality. Who knows? Four years from now, we may be disappointed. But today the long and difficult journey starts off with hope – and the acknowledgment that change is necessary.
And, for today, that is enough.