It could have gone differently....Happy Birthday Son!
October 23, 2018
VOTE - "That seems really dumb to me!"
November 8, 2016
I think this story ( true story of my son and I) is appropriate and thought provoking as I encourage you to get out and vote.
It was 2012 and early in November. We were driving to school. He would have been 13 and he was in the 8th grade. The school was useing the election as a teachable moment and many of the students were discussing it in class.
We didn't have a long drive to school so the conversation was short and simple. He wanted to know who I was voting for. Our choices were Obama and Romney. What is ironic, is back then, the whole world was talking about how bad BOTH choices were for the presidency. Seems like a strange pattern we have formed.
So in short this is what happened:
"Mom, who are you going to vote for? Everyone at school is saying that both of the choices are not good and you are basically picking the lesser of two evils. Is that what you are doing?" I had already decided who I was voting for and I said; "Well son, that is somewhat correct. I am not sure any of the choices are great but I am going to pick the one that I think is less bad than the other"
but here is what happened next........
He didn't even really let me elaborate or explain myself further. He simple said;
"That is dumb. That seems really dumb to me." I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The wisest of wise was telling me that the system was dumb. He was seeing this right to vote as a distorted way to make a decision on the leader of this great country.
So I paused....and reflected....and then I said......
"You're right son, it is dumb. It is real dumb. And I hope with everything I have that you and your peers will empower yourselves to make it different one day."
I am a huge component of using your right to vote as a way to be heard. It is the way we have right now. But I am also a huge component of questioning the system and asking our leaders to make it better. Better choices, better parties, better systems. I believe in our youth and I hope they will advocate to change what doesn't work anymore. And when that day comes, I hope my generation will let them.
Use your voice! Not just today...but use it on a regular day to push for change and peacefully protest what you want to see different.