on democracy, or reductionist thinking

The Kidling asks many questions, as you, dear readers, already know. What’s that you say? This is news to you? Then you have approximately nine months of stories to catch up on. Go ahead. We’ll wait.

Ready? Okey doke, let’s continue.

Two of the things about which my darling child is curious are law and politics. She asks about political signs in our neighborhood. She wonders why laws and rules exist. She attempts to grasp the adjudicatory process. I always take her to the polls with me. And, like every four-year-old child, she has a book called Vote (Many thanks to Mama³ for that gem).

So pardon me for a moment while I expose my political persuasion for the sake of the story.

When The Kidling and I were walking to the playground on Saturday morning we wordlessly passed any number of political signs. She has asked about them previously, and I can only assume that was the motivation for what follows, as it was otherwise out of the blue:

“Mom, I’m glad you got the president you want! Usually when we wish for the president we want, the president usually comes true.”

Voting is rather like casting a penny into the fountain: a damn important penny, upon which my hopes and dreams for The Kidling’s—and all kidlings’—future rides.

About The Mamahttp://kidlingville.comProfessional talker, editor, emailer, problem solver, adjunct lecturer, blogger, and mother to the brilliantly absurd Kidling.

15 thoughts on “on democracy, or reductionist thinking

  1. Well, let us just hope the mama continues to get the president she wants. I shall wish for it the next time I find myself with a penny at a wishing well.

    • As will I. Perhaps with both of us, we’ll be set. Alice was convinced only one person wanted to vote for “the other one” and that “one hundred people” would vote for “the one you want.”

      • Thanks… and no kidding! I’m setting up a separate blog for my consulting business and I wish I knew more about the technical side of things. It’s hard enough to get business cards designed!

  2. Pingback: 8 reasons not to watch election returns with your four-year old | the book of alice

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