I have a lot of political opinions. I don't typically go around sharing them with just anyone. I do occasionally write about them here. If you ask me about my opinion, I will give it to you.
I don't run around shouting support for a specific person or people. This last election, I did actually wear a shirt that was supportive of a presidential candidate. With it, I ran the risk of eye rolling and downright hateful glares from those in my ultra conservative community. If it happened, I didn't notice, so that was good.
We don't put stickers on our cars or signs in our yards. We don't brainwash our children to support the candidates we support. We even walk a fine line when they ask us who we are voting for and why. We do tell them, but I temper my opinions some. I try to present what each candidate stands for and explain why I agree/don't agree with each. As with many things in my life, I sometimes find myself on the fence and it is usually only one or two things that sway me to one side. MG and I do not vote straight party lines, we vote for who we think will do best under the circumstances. Sometimes it's a Democrat, sometimes it's a Republican, sometimes it might be a Libertarian or an Independent. We are sure to explain this to our kids. But all in all, they generally don't see us being politically active or engaging in heated political discussions. (I realize some might thing this is a good thing and others might think it's a bad thing. That's ok, think what you want.)
So you can only imagine their surprise when I came home with this.
I got to explain how wonderful services like the library are not free and our government is no longer supporting them the way they used to and now they are counting on us. I want them to know that we support the library. I want the library to know we support them. Heck, I go there at least once a week, I think the least I can do is pay a few more dollars in my property taxes to make sure they have the resources they need. Granted, for some, it might be cheaper to just buy the books, but as much as I read, that is not the case. And even if it were, I think EVERY community needs a good library. Our library is a city library and we are not part of a larger system. Though I could buy my own books, there are people in our community who can't. And there are those who don't have home computers and internet that appreciate this service provided by the library. And so on, and so on. My kids now know, or at least were told even if they don't remember, why it's good to support the library!
They knew this was a hallmark day. It was the day that I made a public show for something taking place in our elections. Really, though. Who can say no to the library? I am surprised I am not seeing these signs in all of our yards. Why aren't more people blasting our community with support for the library? It seems like a no-brainer to me.