Today we joined many of our unschooling friends in Portland for an impromptu Kids For Obama Rally. It's always fun to mess with folks (kids? out in the city during school hours?? what's going on?) but yelling at the top of our lungs for our favorite candidate, encouraging folks to vote early, honk their horns and signal with thumbs up, hey now, that's fun. Big cheers to our two young friends who put a post on a homeschooling support group listserve asking us all to be there today and more big cheers to the kids who whipped up homemade campaign signs and who stood out on the cold city streets exercising their right to assembly and free speech.
Oh, and let's not forget those fabulous Obama Mamas, not all of whom ended up in this photo--go Mamas!
All of the kids were poised, answered questions from passersby, displayed creativity in sign-making and slogan-shouting as well as generosity of time and spirit. It all came from them, each and every one. These children, these kids; they may not have the right to vote, but they are still citizens, all who will be affected by the poltical health of our country. Some of these kids, including Olivia, are only two presidential election cycles away from voting! Let's think about that. So yes, they desire a say. They deserve a say. And they took action. For that, these kids have my adimiration.