Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
Capping a few weeks of making phone calls for Barack Obama with four days of knocking on doors in support of his bid to become president of the United States not only felt like we were making a contribution, it was pleasant. The weather helped. Blue skies, warm temperatures, light breezes. But a huge part of it was meeting lots of neighbors – we walked primarily South Milwaukee streets – and picturesque, Norman Rockwell neighborhoods with attractive and cozy-looking homes, well-manicured lawns, profusions of flowers and some of the best Halloween decorations we’ve ever seen.
Sure, we were met with stony stares at a couple of houses and a few people didn’t answer their doors – although we did schedule our outing on Sunday to avoid conflicting with the Packers game. We didn’t, however, run into anything as unpleasant as a canvasser who stopped by our daughter’s house and told about a woman walking her dog who had cursed her and about a man who came to his door and said something even more offensive.
It is now just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, and Obama has been declared the next president of the United States. What a momentous occasion! We are so hopeful that this will be the beginning of a re-uniting the country and defusing the anger that makes someone hurl an insult at a neighbor who knocks on his door, and end the name-calling that has marred the long campaign that led to this historical event.
Much of what we’ve read and heard about President-Elect Obama leads us to believe that if anyone can do that, he can.