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.
Woo-hoo, I'm first to comment! That was fun, albeit chilly. It does hit home when you mention 2 cycles from voting age, I hadn't done that math! These kids were so impressive in their uncoached enthusiasm -- pretty uplifting for us all I think.ReplyDelete
you know...he has it in the bag but i cant help but be incredibly paranoid that something F'd up is going to happen hahahaReplyDelete
I know, right? Obviously who we vote for now affects them, but it *really* affects them and who they might be voting for in not so distant future.ReplyDelete
It was great, and I loved the chilly air. And now we have signs all ready for the Mamas for Obama rally on Saturday--sweeet! Thanks, Annette.
I hope he has it in the bag, I really do, Jen, I really, really do. As for worrying...uh, yeah. I'm begining to fray at the edges as it is...the next 4-5 days are gonna be hell.ReplyDelete
BTW, great to see you here, Jen, thanks for reading!!ReplyDelete
Oh how fun! I wish Noah and I could have joined you. I bet the kids had a blast demonstrating their rights for free speech.ReplyDelete
Fun! My boys are small and I thought, well, I'll keep it low key with them until they are older. NO WAY. They see peoples signs in the yard, the bumper stickers, they ask the right questions about things, they wonder who is thinking of THEIR future...I'm amazed at the smart questions small children ask with politics. SO now they ask everyone we see WHO WHO WHO they will vote for. Not always a favorite topic with people! ;P My five year old is excited to go to the polls with me, and has been studying the electoral college estimate maps! Wowza!ReplyDelete
Oh, thanks for posting those great books! I just requested several from the library (and guess what, though Portland had none, wonderful MaineCat had them all somewhere in the state)...ReplyDelete