So much craziness with the campaign! I'm sorry I am such a broken record. It's just a really big deal and all of our work is finally culminating towards election day.
I've been taking care of the kids, still riding around, teaching my students, and attending campaign-related functions like Wednesday night's GOTV rally! I felt more love in that room than I ever have from a group of people. The crowd was electric and everybody was pumped for our GOTV effort!
On Wednesday I also happened to be downtown with the kids at the Art Gallery. Turns out there was a live lunchtime forum at the CBC, so the kids and I grabbed a quick lunch and went to go say hello to Don before the cameras were rolling. There were a few grade 6 classes there on field trips (they study municipal politics in that year of the curriculum) and the students were amazing.
They were so kind to Dexter and Alice, cheered for Don, enthusiastically put on their buttons, and actually read the literature. I was touched and impressed by how earnest these young Edmontonians are. It's going to be a great day when they can vote too!
Totally last minute. Don casually asked if I would bring the kids to hang out during a cooking segment he did with CTV, so I said sure and... there they are in the kitchen with Stacy Broztel.
We often get asked, as we did in this interview, about how our household balances parenthood with our busy work commitments.
Don has been working long, long days since before city council - His brain is always on and I have long since become accustomed to it. He works mornings, days, evenings, and weekends. I am with the kids during the day, and am also working in the evenings and on weekends. Those were the hours we were keeping when we decided to have kids (though I did teach more back then). I went into motherhood with realistic expectations and I am happy to report that the kids are happy and doing very well, and we have a lot of fun together.
So later that day I was hanging out with moms from Dexter's pre-school and realized that all families are juggling their obligations in different ways. One of the moms has a husband doing a very demanding speciality in med school. He is busy at school and studying all the time and she takes care of the kids by herself. Another mom has a husband who is away every two weeks for his job. She handles her kids alone too. The point is, my situation isn't all that different from any other mom. All members of a family work hard in different ways, and each family has to find their own rhythm and balance.
Moms and dads out there are supporting each other and working together every day. Don and I are no different, and we support each other and the work we do.
Have a great weekend - I'll be over here painting Edmonton green with reminders to VOTE ON OCTOBER 21st!