"We're going boating, we're going boating" O gleefully shouts as she bounds down the steps. "No" I shout back "We are going voting"....Perplexed she stares up at me "Oh, what's voting Mama?" Hmmm....How can I explain to her the magnitude of such a simple yet profound action? What words can convey to my 3 year old it's importance? I'm not even sure most Americans understand considering only 64% of the electorate turned out at the last presidential election (the highest in years). She can not be expected to grasp that thousand of men and women have sacrificed their lives to secure her this right. That in today's "modern" world still only 60% of countries are democratic. Worldwide people continue to relinquish their lives in order to vote, to let their voices be heard. In our own country it hasn't even been 100 years since the 19th amendment was ratified affording women the right to vote. Her innocent eyes stare up at me....I continue to draw a blank...finally I sputter that voting is a method people use to express a choice or opinion. These words feel so empty to me but O just blinks, smiles and runs away shouting "we're going voting, we're going voting". We load up and head to the polls so my children can witness democracy in action. I hope O can sustain this exuberance for a lifetime.