Today was primary election day, and I took the boys into our polling place while I voted so they could see democracy at work. They had some questions about what was going on and it started a discussion about voting, leaders, community, and citizenship. All good things, right?
Me: "So, when you get old enough, you should always go vote for who you want to be the leaders of your community. It's important."
5yo: "What's community mean?"
Me: "It's means your neighborhood. Where you live and go to school, and all the other people that live around you."
7yo: "Yeah, and you should vote for the President. AND the Mayor."
Me: "That's right! You guys have met the Mayor before - remember him?"
7yo: "Yeah..." (Suddenly huffy.) "We need to talk to him. He's not doing a good job lately."
Me: "Wha? What do you mean? What makes you think that?"
7yo: "That dead possum is still by the road and stinkin. We can't even walk to the park! That guy needs to go get that thing."
Me: "I'll be sure to let him know."
Also, I wrote a post over at Rocket City Mom about our school struggles. I didn't get into the grisly details too much there and I won't here, but it was a nerve-wracking post to write. Luckily it was received pretty well and started a good discussion on boys and the different ways they learn. Generally, our education system needs an overhaul.
I wish I could've voted on that today.