I begin my message by wishing us all a day filled with peace, tranquility
and lots of wisdom. It is a beautiful, sunny, already-too-windy morning
here in Atenas. It is Easter Sunday, and it is also the day that we Ticos
head to the polls to elect our president for the next four years. I am not
alone in wanting these elections to be over so we can move on.
The last couple of months have shed some light on just how disheartened
people are about what has been going on in our country for the last four
years. Many people chose to stay home in the first round. I was frankly
surprised at just how inaccurate the polls were in predicting the outcome
and never guessed that the candidates today would be who they are!
I am proud of Costa Rica’s long-standing democracy and admire the youth
because they have organized themselves and have been visible and vocal
in the last several weeks. Many people have cut their beach vacation short
so that they can vote today and hundreds of others have travelled great
distances to their voting places abroad. In addition, some citizens have
come home for a day or two just to vote. It is really that important.
To me, any place worth living in is a place worth improving. I have been
disappointed with our politicians too, but I do not take the right to vote for
granted. The world is observing us today. I am watching the little birds
energetically flying before my eyes. I am suddenly energized and eager to
go cast my vote in a few minutes. After my duty has been taken care of, I
will have the rest of the day to spend as I like.
Have a wonderful day and a terrific week, Marietta
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