It’s getting down to crunch time for our historical election. There is a buzz in the air to say the least. We are inundated with political commercials, phone calls, and water cooler talk. The subject about this presidential election comes up at least once every day in my family.
Sometimes I wonder what children think about all of this. I mean, they are constantly hearing their parents points of view. They may hear the commercials on the television. They are picking up something.
When I was little, I remember making up a song with my brother when we were jumping on the bed about the current candidates. It was sung to the tune of Boy George’s “The War Song.” Instead of singing “War is stupid. And people are stupid” we sang “Mondale is stupid. And Ferraro is stupid.” I am pretty darn sure we had no idea why we were singing the song, but someone must have bad mouthed them in front of us.
In the present, my daughter is constantly asked “Who is going to be president?” She smiles and yells, Barack Obama! She says it with such conviction that one would think she knows exactly what he stands for and she stands for it too. Except for the fact that she is 2 years old.
The other day, my 3 year old niece randomly stood up in circle time at school and proclaimed, “I am John McCain and I approve of this message!”
Elections can bring out the best and worst of people. This particular presidential election gives me butterflies. I can’t wait to see what happens!
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!!!!
Here is a great fall soup to enjoy on election night:
Butternut Squash Soup
2 apples, peeled and chopped
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 lg onion
2 Tb Olive Oil
3 c vegetable stock
salt and pepper
In a medium pot, saute onions in olive oil until onions are translucent. Add apple and butternut squash. Saute for an additional 5 minutes. Add stock and cook for 10-15 minutes, until squash is soft. Transfer everything to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream.