I 'came out' for Hillary on MOMocrats this week. There are a million of detailed wonky reasons to vote for either Obama or Hillary, and both have said a couple of bonehead things. I don't want to get into that. I'm voting for Hillary, first, because she connects with me on a couple of vital policy issues -- her commitment to health insurance for everyone, her focus on better family leave, and her (little-talked-about) belief in the importance of local, seasonal eating. The second reason is that she's a mama, and the feminist in me gets all teary-eyed every time I think about having a woman as President.
This video Mother's Day card done by Chelsea (and, I'd wager, the Clinton campaign) had me crying, too, and it hit me where the wallet was -- I up and sent off a bit of my economic stimulus check to the campaign. Consider it my Mother's Day present to myself.
I've largely left my stroller-toting days behind me; I'm busy rocking my mamabikeorama. But I do strollers from time to time, and tomorrow I'm doing them for Hillary. Oh, it's a bit silly, but it's the sort of silly that occasionally gets me all teary-eyed again. Tomorrow, May 10th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Dishman Community Center at 77 NE Knott Street in Portland, mamas with strollers will be meeting for a Mother's Day rally and ballot-mailing event for Hillary. I hope, if you're a mama for Hillary, you'll come too. (I'm looking at the flyer now, and obscenely cool people will be there. Sophie B. Hawkins, Erika Alexander from The Cosby Show, Ellen Malcolm, and Betty Roberts, among others.)
I love the idea of making your family's spending count. Instead of Mother's Day brunches at chain restaurants or flowers flown in from halfway around the world or diamonds mined by cartels and sold in malls, why not have breakfast at the farmer's market? Lilacs from the back yard? Donations to your favorite candidate or non-profit? (Cafe au Play and Growing Gardens are two great ones here in Portland.) (And I'd just like to point out that I wouldn't refuse a nice peony plant for Mother's Day.)
Whatever you believe in, this mama's day, vote for it.