EV has accompanied me to the voting booth for every election since the 2014 primary, so the people at our polling place know her on sight even when I am an ever-changing chameleon who then was short-haired and in business clothes but now has long purple hair and wears cowboy boots.
“She’s getting so big!” one older woman exclaimed. EV is now too large to perch on the edge of the card tables while I sign my name to the voter rolls
“Are you going to help your dad vote today?” ask another.
EV responded with her shy toddler smile, and I said, “Well, it is the most exciting thing you can do.”
The older woman chastised me, “Your life must not be very exciting, then.”
“What could be more exciting than having the right to vote?”