With only a few days left before the election it has become all too apparent that politics – and, more specifically, political smack-talk — is trickling down to our youngest population. For the last few nights Drama Girl and T-Rex have been chanting their candidate of choice’s name to me – the one that does NOT belong to my candidate of choice. And they’re learning all sorts of nonsense from their grade-school classmates, too. My favorites: “Mom, why would you vote for him?…”
T-Rex: “…He’s going to take away the army!”
DG: “…He’s going to make women sit at the back of the bus!”
“Who told you that?!”
They revealed the name of their source…and then broke into their chanting again. I might have to have a word with little Missy if I see her out trick-or-treating tomorrow night.
Seriously, parents, I don’t care who you’re voting for — it’s a great country that we each get a vote! — but let’s stop pumping crazy talk into the school system. (Admittedly, there might be some extrapolation and exaggeration going on here — they are 7- and 9-year olds, after all — but still!)
And as for those chants? All I’ll say is that the name rhymes with
Which is exactly what I feel when I hear it.
[Insert an “L” in the word, too, for a double dose of it.]
“Oh, lookey! It’s time for you two to spend some time with your father. Take your chanting with you. Buh-bye!”