Friday, October 31, 2008

The Fun of Politics

When my kids laugh - and I don't mean a little giggle; I mean a full volumed, throat gurgling belly laugh - I love that sound so much that I don't want to ask them to stop doing the thing that's making them laugh, no matter how gross or inappropriate.

Luke's latest belly laugh inducing activity is joking about who he is going to vote for. His class is having a mock election, and he is having fun messing with John and me as to his voting choice. This came out of the blue, when he told us innocently in the car the other day that he was going to vote for John McCain. We all busted out laughing, and a new form of entertainment was born.

Every hour he is voting for someone different. Some of his candidates are very much boy-friendly (John Poop) and others make no sense whatsoever (I'm voting for False Alarm). The more nonsensical his candidate, the bigger the laugh.

So I asked him the other day what he would do if he were President. He said, "First thing, I would make Dad buy me a four-wheeler." I knew that one was coming after this experience.

"Next," he said, "no one would be able to have any toys because they would have to give them all to me." That got another round of laughter. I didn't bother telling him that he would never get elected with that platform. Instead I said, "Santa wouldn't appreciate that very much."

"Well, he would be FIRED," said Luke followed by more raucous laughter.

When that laugh turns sinister, I'll know it's time to worry.


Loth said...

We must never let our children meet. I think they would gang up and take over the world and we would laugh while they did it!

OhCaptain said...

Maybe we should suggest some classic literature for a little bed time reading:

Avoid allowing your child to spend time alone on an island with other children. Think Jack in Lord of the Flies.

Anonymous said...

that's funny. i can just see the giggles. i helped the girls' class write a halloween mad-lib and the end line said, "and then john mccain showed up. now that's scary!" the teacher and i laughed for a completely different reason than the kids.

imbeingheldhostage said...

How funny! I love a good child belly laugh (we're like you, we don't interrupt no matter how disgusting).

Damama T said...

Hmmm, President Luke. I like the sound of that. And I definitely think a motorcade of 4-wheelers would be awesome!

♥ Becky ♥ said...

That is cute!!! My boy had a mock election at his school too and he was so proud to come home and tell us that he voted for Obama.