One in a series of Widget’s bedtime stories.
Once upon a time (for that is how our stories always begin), there was a little boy named Widget. He and his little brother Bear went with their Mommy to vote. And who did we vote for? [Widget answers.] That’s right. And who else was running? [Widget answers again.] That’s right too! And who’s going to be the next president? [Widget looks confused.] That’s right. We don’t know yet. We won’t know until all the votes are counted tonight or later in the week. But I’ll tell you as soon as we know.
Voting is very special to Mommy. Did you know that when Mommy was a little girl, she got to vote with her Mommy? That’s right. Grammy and I would go to our voting place, sign in, and wait in line just like you and Bear and Mommy did today. When it was our turn, we would walk over to the little booth and pull curtains around us, kind of like being in a shower. But we didn’t get wet. Instead, Grammy would read the ballot and choose who to vote for. Mommy got to be in the little booth too and see what happened. It was very cool.
And when Grammy was little, do you know what Grammy got to do? She got to vote with her Mommy, your great-Grandma. I imagine it was the same kind of thing, waiting in line and then casting a ballot at a machine or in a little box. I don’t really know, cause I wasn’t there.
What do you think happened on voting day when your Great-Grandma was a little girl?
[I don’t know.]
Because when your Great-Grandma was a little girl, they didn’t let women vote.
I don’t know, sweetie. But some Mommies and other women worked very hard so that women could vote, and then, later, so that all people could vote, and now everybody can.
[Does everybody, Mommy?]
I hope so, sweetie, I hope so.
And that is why voting is so special to Mommy, and why I’m so glad that you and Bear went to vote with me today. Thanks for being such a good kid today, kiddo.
[I love you, Mommy.]
I love you too, Widget.