I was not going to post tonight, but I have to. I have to try to explain what I feel, to try to let those of you who are not here in Ireland today understand what this extraordinary day has meant to so many.
Large numbers have spent the past week listening in despair to so many trying to explain their reason for voting ‘no’. We feared defeat. I feared how I could live in a country whose citizens rejected my brother and all those who chose homosexual love.
However, last night we began to hope. On twitter we watched #hometovote. We saw the airports filling up with those who were making their way home to vote. Surely the majority were returning home to vote yes?
Today I woke up and saw my brothers facebook post, photos of two polling cards, he had titled ‘the golden tickets’. I smiled and thought about the four polling cards we have in this house.
All day I tuned into the radio, demented for news. There was none, it is not allowed. Instead I looked at social media for hope. I read of three nuns going into a polling station and one smiling and commenting ‘Don’t make any assumptions’. I saw a photo of 101 year old kitty off to vote ‘yes’ and I read of a woman texting her father, gently reminding him of his young grandchildren, and I hoped we had another vote we may not have had.
Then after 3pm today, I left the house with three of my children. The two eldest have the vote. I cannot tell you how I felt, such a mix of pride and elation to be getting this chance to make history. I only wished my brother could see us all. How proud he would have been, and I suspect a little emotional, to know his niece and nephew were so happy and determined to vote for his rights.
Tonight we wait. The word is the turnout is large, with a lot of young and first time voters. Again surely that means we can hope?
So as I write I may just have a little glass of wine, in anticipation of good news tomorrow. How wonderful if the people of Ireland live up to the reputation they have of being a warm, friendly and kind nation. Dare I hope?
Oh dear I am coming over all emotional!
PS. Happy birthday to Duncan on madhatters (a blog that had it’s eight year anniversary this year). Cheers.
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