Well, kinda. At the dinner table, I polled everyone on his and her presidential pick. Of course, I voted for McCain, as did my wife, my 19-year-old son, 17-year-old daughter—and then we ran into a problem. A dissenting vote came from my 15-year-old daughter—her choice being Obama. OK, on to the rest of the family. The 13-year-old daughter was undecided. STILL!!!
Anyway, my 6-year-old son chose McCain.
The final: McCain, 5; Obama, 1; Undecided, 1
Not too bad… it shows that I have done my job well on several fronts. But the one I want to focus on is the freedom of choice. You see, although I would prefer 100% for McCain, I am happy to see that there are independent thinkers among my children—those who are not phased by peer pressure or parental influence in such matters. Each child is free to decide and choose for himself/herself.
I did not ask her to explain why she chose Obama, nor would I let anyone challenge her. She was free to explain if she wanted to, but chose not to.
I’m sure she’ll send us a postcard sometime in the near future to let us know that she’s has arrived in Siberia safely. Perhaps she’ll even explain why she chose Obama—in-between pleas to be allowed back home!
I hear it’s beautiful there in summer… all three days of it!