Today BlogHer NaBloPoMo Prompt asks, “How are you talking to your kids about this election?” Fitting topic, seeing how at dinner this evening the news was playing in the living room, away from our eyes but just loud enough to hear. Talk of protestors. Talk of what’s next. Talk about “what happened” when all the polls pointed to a different outcome. I didn’t even really mean to talk about it, but it happened all by itself.
“Is Donal Trump really going to build a wall by Mexico?” my 10-year old asked. Her question was flanked with random comments that other 5th graders in her class said aloud today – comments that are clearly echoes of the adults in their homes. We talked about “the wall” and why some people might think we need one. About how people can move to different countries legally and illegally. About how we could still eat quesadillas and Taco Bell (where we NEVER eat, so I have no idea why it came up) would not be immediately out of business. Funny to talk politics with a 10 and 6 year old.
My 12-year old is slightly indifferent to anything other than her friends, but also chimed in on the topic. Her Social Studies teacher had posted some articles on the white board and they were encouraged to read what what posted. Someone wrote “kill” with arrows pointing at Trump’s name in the articles. She was closet to the board and she was blamed. It bothers her, and me, of course. She is far from perfect, but THAT is not the kind of thing she would do. She said it was resolved, but concluded by saying things felt heavy at school with many adults today. I agreed, and promised not to confront the teacher…this time.
So we moved on and talked about their daily life and how we may and may not be affected. My 6 year-old decided that the only thing he really disliked about Obama was how much traffic he caused us when he visited Hawaii. We followed the natural course of the conversation and reminded the kids of our job – to be kind, law-abiding people who try to be the best we can and learn from our mistakes. I told them no matter who the President is, our job remains the same. And for now, that was enough. Tomorrow is a new day, and we’ll have to wait and see what it brings. I just hope that my words hold true for my children…and all of us. I know I will be praying for kindness and grace.