My Vote’s for Topnotch and Mom

Mom’s a lifelong flag waver

Mom’s showing her true colors and at almost 93, still bleeds red, white and blue.

It is amazing when you think that she has voted in 17 general elections and her first vote was for Franklin D. Roosevelt to serve a third term. Her last vote was for Obama four years ago, and when I say last, I mean her last, because she will be sitting this one out.

Even so, I asked her who she would be voting for and she said, without really knowing the candidates’ names, “I am voting for topnotch, whoever that is.”

Mom’s a voter’s voter.

I pulled a postcard addressed to mom out of the mailbox a couple of days ago and proudly showed it to everyone I could. It compares mom’s voting record in the last five general elections with others in her neighborhood, and you can see she received the highest mark.

I wish the organization that sent the postcard would have gone back in the public records far enough to add the other 12 general elections mom voted in. She might have won a trip to Disney World!

So, today, I will be casting my vote in mom’s honor as well as to all of you who consistently exercise your right to vote. As long as you vote, and vote for topnotch, whoever that is, the red, white and blue will continue to fly above all others, it’s a gift of freedom to honor, cherish, protect and behold.

A Side Note: Mom’s home was built in 1796 which means it has been on this earth for every general election since our second president, John Adams! No telling how many votes have been cast from folks who lived in this home. I know mom, dad and my sister, Nel, sure did cast their fair share. 

About Tom Laughon

Tom Laughon (Pronounced Lawn) is President of Catch Your Limit, an organization whose sole purpose is to guide and grow leaders. His journey from lead singer in a rock-n-roll band, to a successful career in marketing & advertising to consultant, strategist, keynote speaker, facilitator, professor and writer is a fascinating one. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Tom and his team guide organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to national associations, to "catch their limit" in areas such as leadership development, creativity, innovation, teaming and transformational change. His commitment to "practice what he preaches" has made Catch Your Limit a petri dish for round-the-clock discovery and learning. The firm's brand reflects Tom's personal brand: Fun, Inspirational, Strategic & Hot!

4 responses »


    You go Helen!!!! Helen, Nel and Dr. Laughon had a wonderful influence on me when it came to love of country. I took my first trip to Washington with all of them. It was a wonderful evening and the lights in the city were beautiful. It was late so none of the monuments were open. That did not stop them from showing all of them to me. At each one I would run up the steps and look . When I got back in the car I would get a history lesson. It is an evening I will not forget. Helen has such a love of country and I am blessed she passed that on to me. Happy Election Day, Helen!!!!!


  2. And me too Chris! Grandma and Nel would always give me the run down on all of the people (besides the Presidents) who were running. They would tell me all of the ups and downs. It was always such a help, b/c I had and still have no interest in politics! Gosh, I so miss those days…today I was lost. But I voted and always will. Happy election day Grandma and thank you for bleeding the red, white and blue. XOXOs


  3. Her record of voting gave me chills!

    My 82 year old Mom and I were talking recently about the importance of voting and such and she told me the story of the year their road washed away — on the farm, 2 miles from the highway, that wasn’t uncommon. She and Dad road the front end loader tractor to the highway in sleeting rain (no cab cover) to meet his brother/sister in law for a ride to go vote. She’d never not vote and I won’t either, God willing.

    God Bless your Mom and her vote for topnotch 🙂

    This was my 2nd Presidential election to vote in, having become a citizen in 2008. It was just as exciting, just as invigorating, just as wonderful as that very first time .. I saw the best of America standing in that line today.



  4. Im in the UK but the lady with Alzheimer’s who I look aftet lived in yhe US fot many many years. She often stillthinks she is therr so we need to keep her from watching horrible news like the one abouy superstorm Sandy, but I encourage her to watch the news following the elections. Its sad to see her not understandinh or pretending, but its good to see that she knows she should still care. Your mum sounds like a character just like Dorothy. x



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