I had to take a break from the news last night. Instead of only focusing on all the negative things going on in the world today I needed to remember something positive.
For example, the right to vote. There are places in the world where this is not a right. In this country I wouldn't have been able to vote 100 years ago and it would have been very difficult to vote only 50 years ago. I have no patience for people who don't vote then complain about the government. In order for a democracy to work we have to participate.
France holds their national election on Saturday. This will be the first time I can vote as a French citizen. I have Googled info on the three main candidates. I received emails from them and a big packet of campaign literature from all the candidates. Too bad it's all in French (kidding!). I have had nothing but positive interactions at the French Consulate despite my inability to speak French. I'm not sure what I was doing during my 8 years of studying zee language (jr. high/ high school and one year of college...so sad).
I haven't received any sample ballots so I hope when I go to vote I won't seem like a idiot.
off topic: Can I spell check on blogger?