A pretty amazing and smart 6 year old girl in our homeschool group was so interested in the 2012 presidential election, she and her family decided to open a private voting precinct on their front porch so the children could vote! Isn't that just fabulous?! The mock election was yesterday and the family even provided an "absentee ballot" option, via Survey Monkey, for those who were unable to vote in person. Brilliant!
The hubs and I talk about national and world issues regularly and B absorbs it all. He has formed some pretty strong opinions regarding our country and it's presidents. He has very strongly believed that his candidate of choice for the 2012 election is the one and only choice for America. We've actually had to reign him in tell him he cannot exclaim in horror at the sight of bumper stickers and yard signs supporting the other candidate and it is not his duty to try to "enlighten" strangers to the "error" of their choice. LOL!
However, when I told B that he was going to participate in a mock election, he actually changed from being one candidate's fan, to a researcher. He wanted to hear more details of both candidates, their qualifications, their records, their experiences and their promises. And he came up with one very astute observation: he perceived one candidate to be best for our family and the other candidate best for our country. Read that sentence again. My 10 year old figured that out all on his own and was faced with the moral dilemma and burden of which candidate to choose.
I could see that weight on his deflated shoulders as his excitement over this election leaked right out of him. Oh, how hard it is for a parent to watch your idealistic child smack head-on into reality! We sat down and talked about it. I pointed out how intelligent and compassionate he is to not only come to this realization but also heed it! He is so far ahead of many adults! It's a tough choice, one we all need to take seriously and weigh and I am so proud of him.
When we went to the polling station yesterday, he actually stood in his voting booth for a long time, wrestling with his decision. Finally, some more voters arrived and I told him he had to make a choice and move on. So he did. After putting his ballot in the box he said he felt nothing but relief. I'm so proud of my little man and the lesson he learned. And so grateful to an amazing and smart 6 year old homeschooled girl who made it all possible.