Yesterday was my big roundtable with Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. How did it go, you ask? Well, I came, I saw, I conquered probably won’t ever be invited back.
I love seeing people who normally reside in my computer live and in person, and it was fun to see familiar faces and meet some new fellow moms and bloggers. Our group had members from urban and rural areas from around the state, and I enjoyed hearing everybody’s backgrounds and the issues they brought up. The Lt. Governor was asked about topics like broadband access in rural areas, sustainable agriculture, education, and food choices in schools.
And then there was me. I wanted to intelligently inquire about the Lt. Governor’s opinion on bipartisanship and the fact that it seems to be getting so acrimonious, leaving folks like me, who are socially liberal but fiscally conservative, feeling that no one speaks for us and leaving us less motivated to stay interested in political issues that directly affect us. But while I have no fear of public speaking, when I started talking I could sense people whipping out their cameras to snap photos of the Lt. Governor because our session was about over, and I suddenly thought, “oh yeah, I’m addressing the second-highest elected official in the state.” And then I found myself rambling about voting with my heart and the legacy of debt we’re leaving our children and basically asking Becky Skillman, “so why should I care?” And while I am proud of myself for stating my disappointment with this week’s horrible marriage amendment vote (thankfully at least one other mom agreed), I did at one point hear myself say that I almost didn’t vote in the last election due to all those hard-to-stay-motivated issues, but that I did because I LIKED GETTING THE “I VOTED” STICKER. Move over, Lincoln, I am clearly the finest orator to ever step foot in the Statehouse.
So was it a surprise that I was left off the follow-up email from Becky’s office that listed the participants? (Kidding of course, I know it was an accident…or was it?)
Honestly, though, I was honored to be included and happy that I went. Despite my disagreements with her party’s politics of late, I was impressed with Lt. Governor Skillman. She was actually very warm and welcoming and answered all of our questions very well considering she was put on the spot for all of them. Even mine—she mentioned the high percentage of bills in Indiana that pass with a unanimous vote, that the conflict in our state can oftentimes be urban vs. rural more than between parties, and that her friends in Washington have described the increase in rancor in both sides and agreed that something had to change.
So there you have it, in a long-winded nutshell. I guess after touring the Statehouse and chatting with the people in charge, this Illinois-bred girl is going to have to finally start calling herself a Hoosier.
p.s. Blogs written by the lovely women in attendance with me: Moosh in Indy, Queen of Free, DesignHer Momma, Wisdom Comes Suddenly, Bargain Briana, Redefining Perfect, The Fourth Frog Blog, Gotcha Baby, Just Like The Number, Inexpensively Frugal Blog Network, Thought for Food, Eteranal Lizdom, Chaos Is Bliss, Simplified Saving, City Chic on a Farm, Deal Wise Mommy, Going With What We’ve Got, Fairy Tale Mom, The Lazy Christian, Arrows Sent Forth, Nap Time in NapTown, The Average Parent, Smiling Green Mom, Walking the Off-Beaten Path, Beyer Beware, BagNItAll.