Thursday, November 13, 2008
A conversation with the 7-yr-old boy I babysit as we're watching the end of a New York Rangers hockey game on T.V:
7 YR OLD: I'm actually kind of glad Obama won.
ME: You are?
7 YR OLD: I mean, I'm SAD that McCain lost because I was for him. But I'm actually kind of glad Obama won.
ME: Really. Why's that?
7 YR OLD: Because he's our PRESIDENT!
ME: Well...not yet if you want to be precise.
7 YR OLD: People should really be glad for their president.
ME: Well that's true. Did you guys have a mock election in your class at school or something?
7 YR OLD: (confused) mock?
ME: Oh. I mean a pretend election at school?
7 YR OLD: No.
7 YR OLD: Anyways, it's not like the president can tell us what to do or anything. He can't force us to do things.
ME: Hmmm, it's true that we're a free society, and we make our own choices.
7 YR OLD: Right! We make our own choices!
ME: The president can tell our military what to do, though.
7 YR OLD: We're not at war right now.
ME: We are actually. In Iraq.
7 YR OLD: Oh. But not anywhere around here, right?
7 YR OLD: I hate wars! Wars are stupid. Fighting each other with knives and stuff.
ME: Well, the United States only goes to war if it's to fight for what's good...to help people. (???) it's always better to try to work it out, though. You're right.
7 YR OLD: Yeah! Work it out! Work it out with YOUR WORDS! Geesh.
ME: That's right. Work it out with your words...... Sometimes countries have a harder time working it out with words.
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