If you have been reading the book of alice for more than a few seconds, then you probably know The Kidling is civic-minded.
Ready? Okay, now that everyone is on the same page: the election. The Kidling was pretty excited about the whole deal. The Parents took her with us to the polls before pre-school in the morning, and Alice was beside herself with anticipation. Then… she went to school and went out to dinner before returning home to watch the results come in. And the waiting wasn’t pretty.
In the brief period of time Alice watched returns with us, her chosen candidate was behind in electoral votes. Explaining the nuance of why we did or didn’t need to worry wasn’t working, and her stress level was rising. We eventually decided it was time to send her to bed, but I promised to come in her room and tell her if we found out Obama won.
Notice I didn’t promise to wake her, just to tell her. When I went up to bed, I tiptoed into her room and said, “Obama won,” before turning around to tiptoe right back out. The Mama keeps her promises. Perhaps not the spirit, but the letter.
But this story isn’t about parental candor, it is about The Kidling’s rising blood pressure during that ever-so-brief time she watched returns with us. As such, I present eight reasons not to watch election results with your four-year-old pundit:
“Who’s winning now?”
“I want our team to win!”
“How many points do they have?”
“So far, six people have voted for Barack Obama!” *
“Who has more points?”
“Sweetie, it hasn’t changed.”
“Oh… Mitt Romney?”
“Somebody is in the lead, you know.”
“Yes, someone is always in the lead.”
“And our president isn’t. I bet Barack Obama feels sad.”
(looking at photos of the candidates side-by-side)
“Is that Miss Romney’s photo?” **
(seeing an exciting watch party on ABC News and mistaking it for a polling place)
“Too bad we didn’t come to that place to vote.” ***
And yes, these comments (and many more) all came in a five-minute period. Which is why we tucked her in.
* The Kidling does struggle a bit with the scope and enormity of U.S. presidential politics.
** In Alice’s defense, “Mitt” isn’t a name she had heard before yesterday morning when she asked who the other candidate was.
*** Fine, so our precinct was pretty tame at 7:30 in the morning.