"Is he on the blue team momma'?"
We've been studying American History over the past few weeks and learning about the 44 presidents who have led our country. We've also been learning about political parties and which colors represent each party....hence the above question from Shepherd: "Is he on the blue team, momma'?". Funny...hadn't really ever thought of them as "teams", but in the mind of a 6 year old, anytime there are a group of people who believe in different things, they automatically become "teams". So, we're sitting there...learning about George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson...and on and on we go. Until yesterday, we made it to Barack Hussein Obama II. I had to stifle a smile when Shep's eyebrows raised at our current presidents name.
So, we're sitting there and Shep asks me..."is Bar..Bara...is 'Bama on our team, or the other team?" I told him that President Obama was a Democrat and in the most diplomatic way possible, tried to explain that the Democrats and Republicans try to work TOGETHER on issues that we don't agree on...(or at least, in a perfect world that is what we'd do!). And all of a sudden, Shep groans and claps both hands over his face as if in utter defeat as he says "aw MAN...our president is on the OTHER team?!?!". At this point my eyebrows are up to my hairline and I'm thinking maybe I'm not qualified to teach American History! I'm imagining some really embarrasing moments of my son asking total strangers what "team" he/she is on and me looking like a brainwashing homeschool mom.
But at the same time...I'm feeling a bit of pride. Pride in the fact that my son is already showing a strong interest in history! He's also beginning to understand concepts that can't necessarily be taught. Yes, Chad and I are republicans, through-n-through. We're proud (deeply proud) of the values and beliefs that the republicans stand for and although I've also been deeply dissapointed by some of the decisions and choices that some republicans have made throughout history, over all, I hold tremendous appreciation for the men and women who make up that party. And I'm proud that my 6 year old son, at such a young age, is already beginning to see the differences in the parties and that he's making his own choice to join a "team". lol!
He enjoys Glenn Beck (I do too!) and occasionally listens to Rush Limbaugh when he's in his daddy's office...although both of these men occasionally use language that is NOT appropriate for a 6 year old's ears. Oh how I would love to see Shep grow up to be a man of character who stands up for what he believes...who believes that God is the key to our nation's success and salvation. A man who can speak with confidence and conviction...a man who fights for what's right! Our country is going to need men/women who know what they believe and why they believe it...our country is going to need christian leaders (both male and female) who can stand up against a wave of people who hate them...who hate what they stand for. I know some of you may be rolling your eyes or thinking I'm being melo-dramatic...but truly people, have you taken a look at what is happening to our country? If you haven't,...maybe you should look again.
And while you're looking, say a prayer for America and for it's current and future leaders.