Don't think I've gone off the deep end. Just look at what I did last night as an attempt to live life with no regrets. Haven't you ever wanted to be involved in a political campaign you believed in, were excited about? I have. All my grown-up life I've felt drawn to these things. I want to be an informed, involved citizen. Isn't that our responsibility? Yet I never knew where to begin. To make a long story short, I didn't have to look far. A friend of ours decided to run for a house seat. He is very principle based, very educated about the history of our nations founding and the Constitution, very much in favor of limited government, state's rights, personal liberties, etc. I love his vision, I think he would serve our district, our state, extremely well. I went so far as to write a letter to the editor of our local paper supporting him. But that's not all...
Friday, Dan was looking for people to dress up as colonial characters, founding-fathers-ish, to walk around downtown promoting his campaign. I told him I'd help. Adding to the humor of the experience, I had to give him my dress size so he could rent a costume for me (my first thought was to lie and say, "Um...a 6 (giggle, giggle)." Vanity...ah!). Awkward, but hilarious!
Call me Martha Washington (or Marilla Cuthbirt or any other Victorian-era woman, since the costume looked more "victorian-y" than colonial. What can I say, it's a small town, we did our best). I've always wanted to "dress-up" and we had a blast. Lots of honks and waves, a few cat-calls, phone number requests to which I replied, "We're MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN!" They felt stupid, I'm sure (but at least we still "got it," if you know what I mean...ha).
That night, I lay in bed thinking about the fun I'd had. And not just fun. I'd DONE something, not just THOUGHT about doing something. I've taken the first step and hope it won't be my last. And to top it all off, my kids were able to see their mother actively involved in a noble cause. I don't want them to forget.
I'm looking to the future now...Governor of Idaho, here I come...or not.