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What Choice Do We Have?

November 6, 2012 - Jen Zbozny
This happened recently. Upon informing Eve that she needed to finish playing and put her toys away in time to wash up for dinner, she looked at me and asked, "what are my two, I mean four, choices instead?". Impressed as I was by her cleverness at wanting to expand her options for getting out of chores, hand washing, and dinner, her genius ploy didn't work. She wasn't happy about the single solution plan but her answer stayed with me.

That's why this morning I took Eve with me to the voting booth. When she asked what a democracy was, I was able to remind her about her question. "We have choices in this country," I said, "and it's our duty to vote and voice our opinion." I'm not sure she was able to grasp the idea entirely, but she was perfectly clear that maybe I wouldn't get the result I wanted either. Somehow that was satisfying to her, because like her, I had rules to follow and duties to perform too. She liked it that I didn't necessarily always get what I asked for. And she really liked the candy cane they gave her at the polling station.

It might be too early to start explaining the electoral college but I'm grateful we live in a country that allows us to teach such lessons to our children. I just hope she doesn't ask for a voting booth for Christmas. And I already can't wait for her to forget the phrase "Let's put it to a vote, Mama."


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