Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Humor?

So, I meant to post this conversation last week, but didn't get around to it.

I was looking at something on the internet when Ryanna came up to the computer. Apparently there was a picture of something related to the Presidential election on the screen that caught her eye. The conversation then went like this:

Ryanna: I voted for Barack Obama.

Me: (Shocked face and voice because this child has been referring to this man as A-Rock A-Bama since she's heard his name.) What?

Ryanna: I voted for Barack Obama.

Me: You mean that if you could vote, you'd vote for Barack Obama?

Ryanna: No, I voted for him today in school.

Me: Really? (I had heard nothing about this.) How did you vote?

Ryanna: On the computer. It was just pretend. I didn't really vote mom. (Whew! Thank goodness she cleared that up for me.)

Me: So, why did you vote for him?

Ryanna: Because he has all the answers.

Me: (Amazed that she has such good comebacks to these questions.) Well, do you even know the name of the other person running for President?

Ryanna: Yes, John McCain.

Me: (Feeling a bit in awe to be in the presence of someone who is about as politically informed as me and is only age 5) So, why don't you like John McCain?

Ryanna: He's mean and he doesn't have the answers like Barack Obama does.

Me: Oh.

Now, don't ask me where she heard all of this stuff. She has been subjected to every presidential debate, but she complained whenever we turned them on and she didn't stay in the room to watch them. I don't know where she got all of this information--school maybe?
So, it's true, your kids are listening even when you think they aren't!
***This message was paid for by the Parents Who Need to Pay Closer Attention to What Their Children are Overhearing Council.


Kylie said...

Haha, way to keep it neutral, Audrey! I remember when I was in 5th grade, we had to do a report on a controversial issue, and I was assigned abortion. I must have asked the teacher what it was, and she told me it was "the right for a woman to choose whether or not to have a baby." Well, that sounded good to me, so I wrote the paper all about how abortion is a good thing, and when I took it home to show my mom, she FLIPPED! I was appalled when she told me that it actually meant killing babies! I felt so bad. In retrospect, it is scary how impressionable kids are, and how much responsibility teachers have to say the right thing. I can only imagine what is going on in the classrooms in California right now... Anywho, you definitely have a smart daughter (even though she voted for Obama, haha).

Lacey said...

That's funny!

Lara said...

That's very funny!

Bria said in her prayer this morning before she left for school: "Please bless that John McCain will win the election today"

Again...definitely overhearing conversation between her parents! :)

JenW said...

that is pretty cool actually, you know she understands what's going on at a crazy adept level...it's just a lot of responsibility right??

Mariley Johnson said...

I had to share that conversation with Mark because I thought it was so funny. Way to train them young about their civic duty, Audrey.

Adrienne said...

That's amazing!

Heather said...

Brody voted again at preschool today and voted for John McCain he told me..because he's taller. Okaaay! It was funny. Crazy what they pick up :)

Sabina said...

Thats great! I got a good laugh. Our kids have also voted, however they voted for McCain. They have been much more politically interested than ever before. It has been pretty funny. They literally thought Hilary was an evil person!

MK said...

If it is any consolation, Bryce also informed me he voted for "the other guy" not "John BcCain" - because he heard me and daddy talking about the other guy (obviously he didn't get any more out of that eavsdropping session than the "name" as it were).

Then he proceeded to inform me that he voted for the sheep,but the ducks won. Class elections are great for 5 year olds.

JLJ said...

That is really funny, but also a tiny bit scary. I have this possessiveness that makes me want to be the only one that my kids learn things from (and their dad is good too). Except for things like Algebra and Physics :) But seriously, please don't talk about politics at school - it's impossible not to reveal your own persuasions.