Monday, October 22, 2012

Learning to Vote Without David: Day 12 of 31 Days of Falling by Faith

This is one of the times—presidential election coming up, debates, analyses—that I miss David most. Just like I needed him with me in order to make sense out of a football game (in fact, in my whole life I've only ever watched one whole game without him), I know my understanding of the current season of political games is much less rich and deep without him than it would have been if he were still here. Indeed, it just occurred to me that this is the first presidential campaign since his death.

During our first twelve years in San Francisco we didn't have a TV, so we didn't follow the nightly news coverage of the first three presidential campaign seasons we lived through there (we were there for four of them: 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000). However, each of those election nights he rented a hotel room in which we would watch the returns until we fell asleep. It energized him the way crowds did—two ways in which we were the exact opposite (probably because he grew up in DC and I didn't).

I've always registered independent; David always registered Republican—so he could get all their campaign literature in the mail, he said—but he rarely revealed his opinion on political issues (he got a much bigger kick out of just listening to other people argue about them), and I'm not sure who he voted for in every election, but I suspect he did actually vote Republican. His bookshelves included many books on Reagan and Nixon and—yes, he was a Republican—Lincoln, and he enjoyed reading books by conservative pundits, but he also read both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, daily.

I'm not sure what he'd say about tonight's debate or about the candidates, I just know I'd enjoy talking with him about it and I'm sad that I can't.



  1. This absence - only for a time - can also make the heart grow fonder. The other side of the pain - a joy yet to come.

  2. "For it is in this hope that we were saved" (Romans 8:24) and are being saved and will be saved. Thanks, Renato!