Friday, October 13, 2006

AmlakE... feTariyE

The grandmother-in-law just became a registered voter, goaded, by the way, by one of the great-grand children who came home from first grade after participating in mock mid-term elections.

Grandmother-in-law asked the grown-ups why they never told her about this thing-- this voting thing. Grown-ups slinked away murmuring something about cleaning the gutters. Grandmother-in-law now thinks the fruits of her loins are rotten.

Grandmother-in-law now adds this line to her morning prayers: “AmlakE, feTariyE… dehnawun sew asmeriTeN…” Her nimble fingers speed through her rosary beads with assembly line efficiency. Rat-tat-ta-ta-ta…. “AmlakE feTariyE, ke erkuss sew sewireN. Antew ijEn yizeh asmeriTeN… Mela’ktoch, Emiye Mariyam.. ke innE gar teselefu.” (“My Lord, my Creator... save me from electing a heretic. Angels, Our Mother, line up with me as I vote.”)

The guilt of putting someone in office who might turn out to be a scoundrel now weighs heavy on grandmother-in-law. She frets if she votes in the wrong person she would have imposed injustice on people.

So, every morning, she looks up towards the heavens and in her raspy voice… "feTariyE… amlakE…" (“my Creator… my Lord…”)

If only the rest of us had half the angst and a quarter of the reverence for the right to vote for our leaders.

7 Comments:

Anonymous dube said...

I had come to your site to suggest we stand beside Hastert during his troubles so that he remembers us when we need him.

I feel like I need another shower.

8:23 AM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous kezira said...

you can't fight city hall or the layered wisdom of an ethiopian great grandmother with voting rights.

and, BT freakin' W, what the hell kinda stuff are they teaching the kids these days? civic duty? good citizenship? shouldn't they be farting on myspace?!

8:50 AM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous maleda said...

I feel like I need another shower.

Ditto, Dube. How many times have we held our noses and voted?

Grandma-in-law brought it back home.

10:02 AM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who was that comedian that figured the actual impact of a vote?
Let's say 85 millions vote. The mathematical impact of that one vote is 85x10 to the six over one.
So much for the power of voting!

1:13 PM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell Grand-Mother-In-Law when it comes to politics, all answers to prayer are wrong.

1:26 PM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous lilimimikiki said...

"Who was that comedian that figured the actual impact of a vote?"

is voting (like border demarcation) for pussies, now?

btw, does she KNOW you call her "grandmother-in-law"? amlake, feTariye indeed.

1:39 PM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous abiye said...

temesgen! this means i don't have to vote for hillary clinton.

4:05 PM, October 13, 2006  

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