The morning after the presidential debate last week, Jonah announced they were having elections for president of his second grade class.
He said he was pretty sure he would win because he was going to promise everyone would get lollipops every day.
“Were are you going to get the lollipops?” I asked him.
“They are there,” he said.
“Where?” I asked.
“Mrs. Beres has them. She gives them out for good behavior,” he said.
Amazed at the timing of this conversation, I took the opportunity to explain to him that he couldn’t promised to give out someone else’s lollipops. The only way he could make such a promise was if he bought the lollipops with his own money.
I thought he’d taken in my wise words of wisdom until he came home that afternoon and announced excitedly that he had won the election. He was class president.
“Why do you think you won?” I asked.
“I told everyone they would get extra behavior bucks every Friday if they voted for me,” he said.
“How are you going to keep that promise?” I asked him. He just shrugged and ran off with his buddy. He didn’t care. He was just glad he won.
Seems that’s the American way.
I wonder if his constituents in the second grade will hold him to his promise.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 13, Lilly, 11, Adam, 11, and Jonah, 7.