Yesterday afternoon my little friend P. came by my desk with his mom as they were leaving for the day. While his mom stepped into the principal's office to chat with him for a minute, P. and I talked. I asked him about his day at school while I half listened, as I was finishing up sending some emails and such. At some point I realized P. had gone quiet and when I looked up at him, he came close and leaned against my side and put his head on my shoulder. Then he said, quietly, "Mrs. Barlow.........who is the President?"
Slightly taken aback, I replied, "Of the United States...?"
"Yes" he said.
"Well, right now Donald Trump is the President. But starting in January we'll have a new President, Mr. Joe Biden, because he won the election we just had."
P. just looked at me for a few seconds, and he seemed troubled. Then he said this:
"But I heard that Mr. Joe Biden is supposed to be President now. And I heard that Donald Trump won't give him the money he needs to become President!"
I was surprised and only had a moment to try to explain that No, what you've heard isn't so. President Trump is just unhappy that he didn't win, but he has to leave in January. That's how elections work here, the vote is taken in November but the winner doesn't become the President until January. He still looked doubtful as his mom emerged from the principal's office ready to leave. This got me thinking.
What a damn shame it is that our current President can't ever be a role model in any way, shape, or form for the kids in this country! Even an 8 year old child is noticing the stress he's putting the country under by acting like the sore loser thwarted bully that he's always been. The man can't even summon the grace or decency to concede and is refusing to give the incoming Biden administration the daily intelligence briefings they're entitled to (that's what my little friend was referring to when he thought it was "money" they were withholding). It's a danger to national security, how he's acting, and more than that, what kind of example does he set?
I know that as for my friends' children, that I love like nieces and nephews, I would be so disappointed in them if they acted the way our President is because they lost something they had hoped for! I know that their parents either are or will be teaching them to lose with grace and to win with humility. Too bad our Commander in Chief never had anyone to teach him those lessons! This country should have never allowed that man to become President. I hope the parents out there that voted for him (especially this second time) are enjoying the example he's setting for their kids.
The children are watching, folks.
"teach your children well". lil P should not have to be worrying about the mess the ignorant bigoted adults created. your explanation was great.ReplyDelete
Except for school, lil P. is an only child surrounded by adults. I'm sure that means he worries about things other kids his age barely notice.Delete
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Well, Trump IS blocking money that Biden is supposed to get for transition expenses. Also for government phones and email addresses, etc. He's just so beyond being a bully. Is there a better word? Wanna-be dictator, comes close, I guess.ReplyDelete
Poor little P. I'm so glad he could ask you for the truth and you could give it to him.
You're right, Mary, he is blocking money. Thank goodness that won't enable him to thwart the transfer of power, it will just make things harder for Biden at first. I'll be so glad when 45 is gone.Delete
What a grand scale mess.ReplyDelete
It's really awful.Delete
Being gracious is only an adult traitReplyDelete
Children have to learn this skill
Trump never has
That's exactly it, John. My little pal is only 8 and it would be unacceptable for him to behave the way Trump has if he, say, tried out for a sport and didn't make the team. What a pity that well-brought-up children have better manners than the POTUS.Delete
Trump has gotten away with a lot of things we would never approve of! I am disappointed that more Republicans aren't speaking up! Weren't they taught better manners either?!ReplyDelete
By refusing to step down as president, Trump is acting like a five year old. But then, he's been acting like a five year old all along.ReplyDelete
This is a good example of the confusion so many children must have about politics in our country! It has been a sad and disgraceful thing for four years but thank goodness that will change in January. You did good in your explanation to P.ReplyDelete
I think it is ridiculous how some people are giving in to Trump being such a baby about the election! I know he acts like a two year old but now some are coddling him like one!
And I've just heard on the radio that there'll be a big rally in Washington today in his support. It's what he'll do between now until January that'll be interesting. He can either leave things tidy, or make a total mess for the new administration to sort out. I remember a UK Labour government leaving a note for the incoming Conservative minister, saying 'There's no money, we've spent it all'.ReplyDelete
As Stephen Sondheim wrote:ReplyDelete
"Careful the things you say. Children will listen. Careful the things you do. Children will see. And learn."
I am SO glad P feels comfortable turning to you.
God, I miss Obama.ReplyDelete
The Children are watching and listening... and they know what they hear and see is Wrong. If only most of the Adults that are so ready to buy into the BS and wacko Conspiracy Theories and Cult Behavior could be so Wise as a Child!ReplyDelete
One of my favorite medical stories involves testing the memory of an elderly dame by asking "Do you know who the President of the United States is?" She replied - "The wrong man!"ReplyDelete
Your conversation with Little P. is another proof of how children are definitely not daft, but soak up all knowledge and information that surrounds them. They do not always understand what they hear and see (do we?), but it is very important that they feel free to ask, and have adults in their lives such as their parents and friends like you who can explain things to them. You are right, it is a shame that young Donald obviously did not have that when he was a little boy.ReplyDelete
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