Politics, Four-Year-Old Style

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So for the past couple of months, my daughter has been expressing curiosity about “Rock Avana.” It took me awhile to figure out what she meant when she asked, “What is Rock Avana, Mommy?” And then one day she told me her friend from preschool had heard Rock Avana on his telephone. And suddenly it hit: she means Barack Obama! Apparently her friend had heard one of those campaign messages on his answering machine during primary season.

I’m going to betray my politics here (I’m an Obama Mama all the way), but I think it’s pretty cute. Last night she asked me, “Mommy, what is Rock Avana going to be when I’m bigger than you?” (“When I’m bigger than you” is her way of saying “when I get older.”)

“He’s going to be the president!” I said.

“What’s that?”

“Well…” And here I got a little tongue tied; I’m a writer, not a Civics teacher. “Well, the president is like the boss of the country.”

“Oh,” she said. “Well, what’s he going to do?”

“He’s going to help make things better.”

“Oh,” she replied. “So he’s going to fix everything?”

And that summed up a lot for me. “Boy,” I told her, “I sure hope so!”

 

Sara Bennett Wealer

A co-founder of Working Moms Against Guilt, Sara Bennett Wealer is an author, copywriter and mother of two. Her debut novel for young adults, RIVAL, was released by HarperTeen.

7 Comments

  1. That is super cute. I love when kids bust out with funny ways of saying things like that.

  2. that’s awesome! I sure hope she is right!

  3. Not a Barak fan myself, however I do think that was adorable. At least she is paying attention!

  4. I hope so too!

  5. Fingers crossed!

  6. Damn straight. I <3 your daughter.

  7. My kids recognize the Obama logo and shout out “OBAMA!” every time we pass a yard sign. I’ve just explained that he cares about kids, the earth, and our soldiers so that’s why we support him. Nothing like indoctrinating them at a young age. I just hope mine sons don’t rebel and turn into Alex P. Keaton. Does that reference date me?

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