Hot for Democracy

It’s Charlie’s first election! Or second, if we count the fact that I got knocked up the weekend before the 2012 election. I then proceeded to have more coffee and cigarettes on Election Day than I’d had in the previous six months (which is to say, one cigarette and one metric buttload of coffee) as Andy & I were manning headquarters for my cousin’s congressional campaign. Then about 10 days later, we had a nice campaign wrap dinner, wherein I had more sushi and whiskey than I’d had in the previous year. Then the next day, I felt a little weird (read: sore in the boobs), and two pregnancy tests later I was on the metro to Andy’s workplace to share the good news (while freaking out about how much raw fish I’d had 12 hours earlier).
Charlie was due on Andy’s 36th birthday, which, according to math, means that Andy’s existence is attributable to Carter-Mondale Election Fever. We’re not a family with a ton of traditions, but I hope I get a grandchild in the summer of 2049. Ugh, I’ll be so old. But my bionic spine, flying car, and adorable grandchild will keep me feeling young.


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