". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sorting Things Out, Preschool Style

Our four-year-old hears a lot of political talk. And like all four-year-olds, he tends to see things in very black and white terms. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing--I want my children to know that there is objective truth and that there is also such a thing as good and such a thing as evil. But it can get a little tricky when Evan starts wanting to know who the "good guys" and "bad guys" are. It's one thing to say that Osama bin laden is a "bad guy." But when Evan starts calling John McCain and the Republicans "good guys" and Barack Obama and the Democrats "bad guys" because he knows we support the former in the the presidential election, I get uncomfortable. I have family members and friends who are fine, good people who support Mr. Obama. So I have been trying to explain to Evan that to do so is not "bad" but that it is in my opinion "wrong"--that I just think Obama and the Democrats are wrong and that's why I don't support them.

So here are a few things that have come out of my four-year-old's mouth over the last few days as a result of him processing the idea that Barack Obama is "wrong":

(While washing his hands) - "Mommy, Barack Obama thinks that hot is cold."

(While waiting for his brother at a chess tournament) - "Mommy, Barack Obama thinks you can talk out loud in the chess room."

You know, I think he may be starting to understand.


elephantschild said...

Mommy, Barack Obama thinks spending is saving.

Dakotapam said...

We have run into the problem as well...such as explaining to the children that just because grandma and grandpa are Democrats, they still are good, loving grandparents...

I love the chess room comment though!

mm1985 said...

LOL! I love it! Obama thinks he solved the National Economic Crisis with a few phone calls.

Have a blessed trip!