Teach your children well
My wife and I decided to tell our almost-three-year-old daughter about Obama this morning, mainly because we were so excited about it. My wife explained that the country had chosen a new “boss” (give us a break, we were talking to a 3-year-old), a man named Barack Obama, who seemed like a very nice man who believed in many of the things we do, including tzedakah (the Hebrew word for righteousness, which includes within it concepts such as charity and justice, and something that they talk about in her pre-school). We then told her that Obama showed that she could be anything she wants when she grows up; she responded that she wants to be a teacher. Tonight at bed time, she brought up that Mommy had told her she could be the boss or she could be a teacher when she grows up. I agreed that she could be whatever she wants to be and do whatever she wants to do. Her response:
“OK, when I grow up, I want to be Barack Obama.”
So do I, Lily. So do I.