Well the leaves didn’t last very long. They turned and fell. The rain helped that process and the storms we are expecting this afternoon will probably leave the trees bare. Sigh! Didn’t we use to have a week or so of colorful leaves? I am really beginning to sound old with all these questions that begin with, “Didn’t we use to.” I suppose there’s a reason for that. I am old. I really am not complaining. I do love these rainy days and rainy nights.
I was a little disappointed when we had so much rain on Halloween. I didn’t have any trick or treaters after 7:30. It was a much lighter crowd than I usually have, but I don’t blame them. It was really a little dangerous to be out on foot after dark. I’m hoping everyone had a good time. The costumes were all cute and the kids were all good to say thank you, even the really little ones. I have hand it to the moms and dads that braved the elements to bring the kids around.
Of course, the other thing on my mind, and I hope on yours too is the election. This is the most important mid term election I ever remember. As we already established, I am old, so this means something. I have always preached the need to vote so I am not going to disappoint now. Voting is your voice. You can complain. You can resist. You can rebel against the laws, but the way to change things is to vote. Don’t believe the nay-sayers that try to tell you nothing changes. Look around. Everything changes. Be part of that change.
Every two years we have a mini regime change. No battles. No death and destruction, but we choose who is going to run the country and how it will be governed. It is a real privilege to have a say in this. Not all countries offer this choice to their citizens. It is a privilege that has been fought for over and over and over again. The revolution that lead to the conception of this nation, the civil war that tested its strength, the suffrage movement that expanded the voting privilege, the civil rights movement that solidified the rights of everyone, every citizen, to cast a ballot, all moved us forward and they all were won with real blood, real sweat, and real tears.
Honor those who fought and those who still fight for your right to vote. Honor them by being diligent. Don’t be led meekly to the voting booth. Do your own homework. Gather good, honest information and vote what your heard tells you is right. It is a privilege, a right. It is also a responsibility. Vote tomorrow. Vote wisely.
Remember that some of the voting centers have changed. You may call the County Clerk’s office at 870 598-2813 if you have questions. If for some reason you have registered to vote and your registration is not on file or if there is any problem, the poll worker should offer you a provisional ballot. If not, you can ask for one. Then you will be told what you need to do to prove your right to vote. You must have a picture ID to cast your ballot.
Don’t forget the Fall Craft Fair at the Rector Community Center is Saturday, November 17. It is all indoors so it’s a fun place to hang out, regardless of the weather. They will be serving breakfast and lunch and snacks. Come by and see what we have this year.
I suppose that’s all I have to tell you this week. Let me know if there is anything you would like to see in this column and I will share it with everyone else. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone number (870) 595-4997. Check out your Rector, Arkansas website: www.rectorarkansas.com from time to time. I love to be told I need to update it and I take all suggestions to heart. Take a look.
Goodbye for now.