My dad has a couple of friends that he has been friends with since they were 5 years old - they all turn 62 this year. They rode bikes until it was dark. They would float down the river as children. They were each others best men at weddings. They remained close as they moved across the country starting their own lives. They made to each others parents funerals - even though that meant taking time off work and flying across the country. They came to the hospital when all of us kids were born. In fact, they came to the hospital when grandchildren were born.
One of them. Turkey, is dying right now. He was diagnosed with mesotheliolma 15 months ago. He's out-lived many people with this disease. But the treatment is no longer working. This past Monday, he moved into hospice. They all live closer together now than they use to, so my dad and the other friend have been visiting the dying one every weekend and during the week when they can.
Tukey lives in Iowa, where they allow early voting. On Saturday, he asked my dad and the other friend (Buckwheat) to get him the things necessary to vote early. They honored his request. Voting is so important that he wants to make sure he votes one more time before he passes away. I don;t know, or care, who he is voting for - he is exercising his right to vote.
Please take the time to vote this year. Who you vote for is your business. But ALL of us that are legally old enough to vote should vote. Don't let apathy, being busy, or anything else sway you from exercising your right to vote. If someone who is dying feels it is important to vote, there is no excuse for you to not vote. If you live in a state that allows early voting, and you know you won't be able to vote at election time, take advantage of your right to vote early. Don't let anything get in your way.