Ready to Vote Tomorrow

I have done my homework:

I am ready to get up early tomorrow morning for the privilege of voting as a citizen of the State of California.

This is my newly-18-year-old son Paul’s first time voting. He too has diligently done his reading and discussed his ideas and questions with us. Paul has grown up camping every August at U.C. Berkeley’s Lair of the Golden Bear, singing “Hail to California” around the camp fire. (If you want to hear it, listen to these two renditions of Cal’s song: 2006, 2008.)  I am proud to see Paul stepping up to becoming an adult citizen of our home state.

Hail to California,
Alma Mater Dear.
Sing the joyful chorus,
Sound it far and near.

Rallying ’round her banner,
We will never fail.
California Alma Mater,
Hail! Hail! Hail!

Hail to California,
queen in whom
we’re blest —
Spreading light
and goodness
over all the West,

Fighting ‘neath her standard
We shall sure prevail-
California Alma Mater,
Hail! Hail! Hail!

“Hail to California” was written and composed by Clinton R. Morse, class of 1896

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Image Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson

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