I asked a preschooler, “Did your mommy vote this week?” He said, “My mommy and daddy kept getting phone calls and daddy said, ‘I want to throw that phone out the window if it rings one more time.’ Then mommy said, ‘We can’t throw things in the house. There are nice people calling to just make sure we vote.’ Then daddy said he can vote with no phone calls, and he still is going to throw something when they call. I asked if we are all going to vote because I like to throw things around. Daddy said, ‘The people on the phone throw a LOT of crap around’ and Mommy said, ‘Don’t say ‘crap’. It’s not a nice word.’ Mommy then told me I had to go to bed. I said, I didn’t want to go to bed because I wanted to stay up and watch daddy throw the phone around. Mommy said that will not happen but I heard daddy say he will throw the phone and I didn’t know who was right. I asked if the elephant or the donkey on the television has the most crap. My mommy looked at my daddy and they both laughed, but then I got put to bed real quick and I have no idea if they voted. I don’t even know what voting is but it is not the same as boating because that never makes my dad talk about throwing phones.
Some say politicians talk a lot. They have nothing up against a well versed preschooler.
As you look at our politicians, it may be good to us the lens of a preschooler:
- Decide on your own who to vote for. What you do is always better than what someone else tells you to do.
- Don’t take “crap” from anyone. You know what is right and should not be afraid to share it. Also try not to be offended by words. Words are only offensive when you let them.
- If you have to go to bed, make the most of it and enjoy your time. Not everyone needs to know you really don’t sleep but play with your ninja turtles.
“Every election is determined by the people who show up.”
Larry J. Sabato