Thursday, May 26, 2005

I Hope She'll Remember Us, Come the Revolution

Our girl wrote a letter to President Bush the other evening. After dinner, while working on her popsicle on the front porch.

She dictated it to me. It went approximately like this:

George Bush President*:

Please can you stop all the wars. Especially the one in Iraq. Stop all wars everywhere.

Sincerely**,

Mermaid Girl Booland

MGB/eb

* I told her that "President" was the respectful thing to call a President [at least to his face], and that he has a hard important job even if we don't like him.

**She didn't want to sign it "love," which is her customary sign-off in letters to anyone she has the remotest acquaintance with. I suggested "sincerely" as an alternative. I think she especially liked that it means "I really really mean it."

MG has told us many times that she hates George Bush and tries to encourage us to say we hate him too. We usually go all mealymouthed and liberal and demur that we hate a lot of things that he does, but we don't hate him, that hating hurts the hater more than the person they hate, etc. etc. RW thinks that Mermaid Girl likes having someone she feels like it's okay to hate. Many people older than her feel the same about someone or other political, I guess.

She's very worried about the war. We don't talk about it much, but she caught a snippet of an NPR news broadcast and quizzed RW until she had to admit that yes, it is far away but there is a war going on and people are dying in it. Then on the way to swim class the other day, all of a sudden she's all "I'm scared, I'm scared of the war in Iraq, I don't want to go to Iraq!"

I said "Don't go to Iraq!" which was a silly reply ("It hurts when I move like this." "Don't move like that!") but I was distracted by traffic.

"Why is George Bush making that war?" she continued. "I wish I could tell him to stop!" So that's when I suggested the letter.

Afterwards, she pointed out proudly that she had asked him very politely. "I didn't say, you're so stupid, George Bush! I asked nicely." I agreed that she had.

Then she got a very mournful look and said in a voice dripping with sadness and pity, "Poor Barbara! I'm so sad for her."

We were mystified. "Barbara? Who's Barbara?"

"George Bush's mom," she explained, a certain impatient edge cutting the lachrymose tone.

"Ohhh... right. But why are you sad for her?"

She dropped the attitude and her voice became even more earnest and mournful, if that's possible: "Because her little boy is making wars."

It was very, very, very, very hard not to laugh. But as she said it I could also see how sad it was, to contemplate this worst of all possible fates for a mom.

Of course we had to go and ruin the moment by explaining that Barbara Bush is probably all for this war, that her husband made wars too, back when he was President, and that it probably doesn't bother her. But I don't think MG believed us. Obviously, as clueless grownups who refuse to join her in calling the President a diaperhead, all our political opionions are suspect.

Don't trust anyone over thirty, indeed.

12 Comments:

Blogger LilySea said...

I am happy to join her in calling Bush a diaperhead. I wouldn't go so far as to call him "president" though...

11:02 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

Oh, this is simply the best story I have heard in a long while!

I love that your girl feels bad for Barbara. That might be the cutest thing I've ever heard! (Even though I'm with the grown-ups on this one and think that Barbara probably isn't too upset about the war.)

Also, it's very admirable that you're teaching her not to hate. I'd be hard pressed not to give in and call W. bad names!

11:50 PM  
Blogger Udge said...

Having Dubyah for a son would be the worst of possible fates, were it not for Jeb.

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Ellen Kushner (Mermaid Girl's Honorary Great Aunt and actual 2nd Cousin or something) said...

Heavens! Well, use this power only for the good.

6:52 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

I just love Mermaid Girl. I would feel bad for Barbara too, if I didn't know better. Poor mama.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Great story!

We went through similar (though not as cute) scenarios with our kids during the election. We also tried not to hate Bush, just his policies. But lying to your children is so hard, isn't it?

8:59 AM  
Anonymous maria said...

Your daughter is adorable. Clearly her moms have taught her well!

11:34 AM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

I heart The Mermaid, long live The Mermaid. She IS adorable!

4:40 AM  
Blogger Noorster said...

I just love this blog sooo much.

4:24 AM  
Blogger liz said...

Your daughter is a hoot.

5:38 PM  
Blogger PPB said...

I feel bad for Barbara, too....Barbara the junior who has a diaperhead for a dad.

I reiterate my MG for president vote!

6:08 PM  
Blogger Psycho Kitty said...

I just love that girl. Honestly. What a beautiful girl.

7:27 AM  

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