Wednesday, April 4, 2012

in which concessions are made

Friends, citizens, fellow patriots, we ran a clean campaign and can feel proud of our attempt to shake things up and bring an era of clear thinking and reasoned decision-making to the Happyland School District. The votes are in and complacency with the status quo was the clear majority (by about 200 votes). Some dead white dude who I'm too lazy to Google right now once said "To the victor go the spoils," and as the clear loser, I walk away from this race having lost nothing (except the money I spent on campaign signs). My gains include experience and new friendships. My opponent will enjoy his spoils: the drudgery of long meetings on Monday nights. (Trying real hard to feel bad about that...) It's the same old era in Happyland today as it was yesterday, and I plan to withdraw back to the private sphere where I'll support God, America, apple pie and motherhood.





But seriously? Losing an election feels like rejection. I mean, I LOST, you know? On the bright side, I can cross running for political office off my bucket list now, and focus on pleasant things.

Like how springtime is muddy (see the tracks across the porch) and this guy follows me everywhere I go:


And how daffodils bloom abundantly:

And cute little blue flowers--some kind of crocus I think:

And a wattle under construction:


Not a bad place to retire one's political aspirations, is it?

24 comments:

  1. Bummer!
    Fortunately, no one can take away the good things.

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  2. Mom always used to say, "You can't win them all." Plus what fun would it be to win if you never lost?

    I say you succeeded in doing something, rather than failed at doing nothing ;)

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  3. Oh crud. That stinks. I'm sorry. I am so over politics right now. It is so frustrating. I can't remember the last time the guy I voted for actually won. Boo. Such an up hill battle sometimes.
    But, I bet your family and friends are SUPER proud of you (I AM!). You showed your kids that it is important to go for what you want. And you showed them it is okay if you don't always get what you want. And you showed them what grace means. Overall, it sounds like a win situation to me. :)
    Plus, you have daffodils! :)

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  4. Who is that black bear following you around the yard?

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  5. You tried. That's important!

    In our last school board there were 2 seats and 3 candidates. One of the winners later resigned so the 3rd place candidate (my niece!) got the seat.

    That wattle is looking good!

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  6. There are many ways to be what JFK (and Goethe) call the hammer of change. I know you'll find your way!

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  7. I'm sorry you lost, but you put up a good fight AND surely you will find new aspirations (and perhaps even better ones) to occupy your time!

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  8. I'm sorry you lost --I think that feeling of rejection is natural but would be difficult to deal with for a few days. Chocolate? Wine? And daffodils of course.

    BTW, that blue flower is Glory of the Snow, or Chionodoxa. One of my favorites, I have little clumps of them planted all over. :-)

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  9. sorry you lost, and yes it does feel like rejection. I sat for 2 terms on the board, then lost and that was hard, but when I look at truthfully what I wanted, I was o.k. in the end. I was tired of being on the board, and didn't campaign that much. the only regret was I had been working on an overhaul of the school policy manual and didn't get to finish that.

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  10. I was so looking forward to reading good news on your blog today. I'm sorry. Way to put a positive spin on the situation, though. Plus, you can still go to school board meetings and shake things up, right? On a different note, I LOVE the new blog header. And I LOVE your porch. I always desperately wanted a house with a porch, but I bought a little 1950s, nothing extravagant house with a stoop, rather than a porch. Enjoy spring.

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  11. caught Sandra's comment above by email and had to come back to look at the header. very new and spiffy looking. I like it.

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  12. I was sad when I saw that you didn't win, but pleased at the closeness of the vote. Sometimes the second time is a charm. Congratulations on running a clean campaign and gathering a significant number of votes! A lot of people know you're awesome.

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  13. I am sorry to hear that you didn't win, but glad to see that you have a winning porch. You could still go to those Monday night meetings, as a Citizen. But why do that, when you could sit on that porch instead?

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  14. Well, shoot.

    LOVE the muddy footprints!!

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  15. I'm so bummed about the election, but am delighted that your Monday nights will still be your own.

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  16. There's always another time... unless you truly decide to retire from it. Glad the header fit. It looks quite nice if I don't say so myself!

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  17. You tried, and that's winning. Love the porch too.

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  18. I'm sorry you lost too. Not enough people understand how important school board decisions are. I'm very happy with our school board at the moment, but each election is a surprisingly big investment in time and money to keep it that way. We learned our lesson when we almost got a bunch of people who wanted to ban books on the board. I hope you don't give up.

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  19. You were brave to do it. You would have been great.

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  20. Ugh. I'm sorry the election didn't go the way you'd like. They would have been lucky to have you. But ... how about those free Monday nights?

    Also? One look at that sweet canine face sort of makes everything mostly OK.

    Sending you a hug.

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  21. Not a bad place to recover at all! I find that working in the dirt really helps me heal when I'm not feeling great. Hope you feel better soon!

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  22. So impressed that you put yourself out there. In time, I hope that feels like enough of a victory for you, because it sure seems like one from this perspective! Congrats!

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  23. Melissa -- Rats on the election. Actually, I understand. About four years ago -- five? -- I was the campaign manager for a St. Paul mayoral candidate. It was the Green Party but we have a strong Green party here from time to time. Anyway, we ran in the primary first (it's nonpartisan) and my candidate lost by 200 votes too -- I think about 4,000, 6,000 people voted. We almost got on the ticket! But I too felt personally rejected even though it wasn't MY name on the ballot - and I know that my friend, Elizabeth, did too. It was very hard. But a lot of good eventually came from that - the exposure led to a variety of other opportunities for Elizabeth and even a couple for me! Just give it some time and remember -- it really isn't about you but about that seat. Which you would have totally rocked in, of course. Plus, if the politics are that deeply entrenched and bad, sometimes it takes several election cycles to work in someone new. Good for you for running!!!!

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