Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ann Romney

Some items came in an envelope addressed to me that really got me excited! One was given to my dad, my mom, and R. What were they?
My Romney window stickers! That's right, I am rocking my vote, saying it loud and proud, we are voting for ROMNEY!

Last night I stayed up and watched the Republican National Convention with my dad. Here's a secret I will share with you about my dad. He watches MSNBC...he watches CNN... and all those other "non bias networks".
His main network of choice is always going to be Foxnews. So imagine my face when he asked me to change it to the RNC on the MSNBC network (the most hate spewing network on television, in my humble opinion).
Weird, right?

In my household growing up, we listened to all the opinions on various networks so I could confidently form my own arguments and opinions.
I am very grateful for this learning experience my dad gave me over the years, I plan on doing the same for my children. So we watched it, for several minutes, through the eyes of Rachel Maddow... It was hard to stomach, but I learned a great lesson.

Ann Romney gave a beautiful speech which left me empowered as a woman and what I like to call, "misty eyed". Hearing the Romney's personal struggles and how no marriage goes without them, made me feel not alone in my own. She understands women in this country. I know her main intentions were to humanize Mitt (because networks like *cough* MSNBC say he is a robot), but I left with a lot more from her speech. Behind every good man is a fantastic woman, right? Ann Romney is my newest hero, I admire her so much, and if she is that great, her husband and five sons must be as well.
Even one more reason why he will be getting our VOTES!  

"If you listen carefully, you'll hear the women sighing a little bit more than the men. It's how it is, isn't it? It's the moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right. It's the moms of this nation - single, married, widowed - who really hold this country together. We're the mothers, we're the wives, we're the grandmothers, we're the big sisters, we're the little sisters, we're the daughters. You know it's true, don't you?

You're the ones who always have to do a little more. You know what it's like to work a little harder during the day to earn the respect you deserve at work and then come home to help with that book report which just has to be done. You know what those late night phone calls with an elderly parent are like and the long weekend drives just to see how they're doing. You know the fastest route to the local emergency room and which doctors actually answer the phone when you call at night. You know what it’s like to sit in that graduation ceremony and wonder how it was that so many long days turned into years that went by so quickly. You are the best of America. You are the hope of America. There would not be an America without you.

Tonight, we salute you and sing your praises.

I'm not sure if men really understand this, but I don't think there's a woman in America who really expects her life to be easy. In our own ways, we all know better!

And that's fine. We don't want easy. But these last few years have been harder than they needed to be." -Ann Romney

Listening to this speech made me think of my grandmother, The Greatest Generation, how she survived WWII (I can't imagine going through it, that alone makes her a saint in my book), years of my grandfather serving in the Air Force, raised 5 children (and an amazing man who is my father), and numerous moves across country, diaper changes, meals to fix, and wounds to heal.

I thought of my own mother who survived losing both her parents when she was my age (talk about courage), who has obtained numerous degrees, has educated hundreds of children (including me), married my dad and for the first few years lived on egg salad, and has been a supporter and nurturer of me during some rough college years and life experiences.

I thought of my aunt, who raised two children, supported them their private school and college as a single parent on a teacher's salary.  Who taught many children the hard subject of math, made time to tutor me in elementary and middle school (because English is obviously my subject), managed to attend her children's sporting events, help with the afterschool program to create a safe environment for her school children to learn and grown, and is now a happily content grandmother of two boys eagerly awaiting retirement.

I thought of my other aunt (oldest of the 3 girls), who started in Birmingham, AL when women were first coming into the work place, who rose to the top of her company in a sea of men, formed downtown Milledgeville into what it is today, participates in multiple community projects a year, is a huge supporter of the local animal shelter, and who happily married and recently endured the loss of her lifelong sweetheart.

These are the types of women I have as examples in my life. This doesn't even count the friends and younger family members I currently have who daily support and inspire me. I have been surrounded by amazing women, the type of women Ann Romney spoke of in her speech. Because of them I have big shoes to fill in this world!

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