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Shhh...don't tell anybody.

Wanna hear a secret?  Yeah?  Okay, but it's just between you, me and the internet.

Every Saturday I have lunch with my mother (No, that's not the secret! I'll get to it in a minute!).  We always meet at the same little Mexican restaurant.  The owners have a flat screen television mounted on the wall that they keep tuned to either ESPN or Fox News (gag me).  Well this afternoon at lunch it happened to be on Fox News and they were, of course, talking about the transition.  Well, whatever the reporter was talking about made me think of something I'd read about the President-elect -- I don't even remember what exactly -- and I mentioned it to Mom.

Now, normally I don't discuss politics with my mother because 1) she doesn't like to talk about stuff like that, and 2) she's a Republican.  But after I told Mom about whatever it is I read, she leans across the table to me and whispers, "I'm going to tell you something right now, but you have to promise not to tell your father."

I think, 'Wow, this must be big if she doesn't want me to tell Dad.'  So I just nod my head.

"I voted for Obama."

Holy crap.  I was speechless for like 20 seconds, and then all I could think of to say was, "Really?"

"Yes, but DON'T tell your father.  Or your grandparents.  Or really anybody in our entire family.  I'll never hear the end of it."

No problem, Mom.  I know from personal experience that our family of Republicans can be less than understanding.  Your secret's safe with me. ;-)

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tomfoolery815
Nov. 16th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
Ha! Kaprin was telling a remarkably similar story about her parents Saturday night. Specifically, the need for secrecy with the extended family.

In four years, when it's time to re-elect him, we'll need to set up and Out and Proud group of closeted Obama supporters.

Great story, Piney! I have no such story regarding my mom. A couple of weeks ago, I vowed to myself that I am never discussing politics with my mom again. :-)
13_pines
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
In four years, when it's time to re-elect him, we'll need to set up and Out and Proud group of closeted Obama supporters.

We really do need one of those. I hope in four years my mom won't feel the need to keep it a secret anymore.

A couple of weeks ago, I vowed to myself that I am never discussing politics with my mom again.

I made that vow too, except mine was about my dad.
tomfoolery815
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
I made that vow too, except mine was about my dad.
There's some of that going around. Gerbil told a similar tale. ;-)
kaprin02
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
Well, Tommy beat me to letting you know that your mom is not the only one. Both of my parents voted for Obama, and I'm under strict orders not to tell anyone in the family. :)
tomfoolery815
Nov. 16th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
This morning, it struck me "Ooh, what if Kappy didn't want that story told online?" I'm glad it's apparently OK. :-)
13_pines
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! Someone else in the same situation!

My lips are tightly sealed...if my grandparents find out, Thanksgiving will NOT be fun.
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