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Yesterday my 5 year old, oops excuse me, she just turned 6, summed up how America should be as we were playing in a pool.

She and I were playing as I was supposed to  be drifting on a life raft awaiting to be rescued.  She ran to the side of the pool and said, "I am here".  "We are here".  I blinked my eyes and said who are you.  She said, " I am the Coast Guard".  "Just hang on and we will rescue you".  I smiled inside and continued to play the make belief game.
The next thing she said made me sit up.

She was wearing her Coast Guard approved Life jacket and asked me in the most believable voice, What happened, Pirates?"  I nodded yes.  She said, "Well we are here now and will give you water and food and medicine.  We will protect you.  That is what we are supposed to do.  We are Americans.  I said, "But, the pirates made me walk the plank and I found this raft.  How do I know you won't throw me back out to the sea?"  Her response was remarkable.  "Because we are not supposed to do that."
She , in a very calming voice said, "We help all people from all places no matter if you are black or white or brown or talk funny, (she meant accent) or if you can't speak english.  We help you.  You will die in this sea and we are here to make you better."

I laid there in the float and thought about those words.  I continued on with her to see how far this conversation would go or how deep it would pierce my heart.  I asked her the following questions.  "What does the Coast Guard do?"  She replied, "They rescue people at sea.  The army protects us on the land.  I said, "What about the Marines?  She stated, they do land, too.  I said, and the Air Force?  She said, silly Mama, that is why it is called Air Force.  They are in the Air in the airplanes. "  I said, and the Navy?  She said, they fight on the ocean."  I said, "I don't want to fight.  She said, well we don't want to fight either but we have to when the boss says to.  I said, why are we fighting people?  She said, " I don't know"  but I hope they know."  We just mind them. you want some coca cola?  I smiled.  I said, Who is the boss?  She said, "I don't know".  I suddenly remembered the National guard.  I said, have you heard of the national guard?  She shook her head no.  I said, "they fight too".
She said, weeeeeeell I think they are supposed to be like the coast guard and just be here for us..right?  I said, "Right".  I swear this child is like a sponge so she hears me talk a great deal about the Armed Forces and Military and veterans but she grasped it so thoroughly that I was amazed.   She then went on to tell me about veterans.
She said, "We don't take very good care of our veterans but everyone should because they fought in wars and they got posioned like Dad.  Some of them can't walk or have scrambled brains."

 I got out of the float and leaned over and kissed her.  I said, "I am so proud of you".  I could not have ever realized how much she had the concept of what America should be and how far down the rabbit hole we have slipped.  I wanted to believe every word.  She had the true meaning of the concept of what America stood for  She did not realize that it was the agent orange made by Dow Chemical that poisoned our soldiers.  She did not realize that we do treat people differently but we shouldn't.  She got the correct concept of what the nation is supposed to be but only saw the good part.   She had never heard the words, Torture, nor did I want her to. This child is a flower that needs watering.  She will grow to be great and I have no doubt about that.
She did not realize that veterans have to fight for their benefits.  She did realize we have to help them.  She beams with smiles and compassion and she is the most patriotic American I think I know, in the terms of helping.  I can no longer say, explain this to me like I am a six year old because this six year old gets it.

Originally posted to Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM PDT.

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  •  wonderful! (6+ / 0-)

    I am constantly amazed at how much my kids teach me everyday as well.

    "The Commonwealth requires the education of the people as the safeguard of order and liberty." -- Board of Trustees, Boston Public Library

    by debaterdanny on Mon May 23, 2011 at 12:04:23 PM PDT

  •  Wow! (7+ / 0-)

    Pure innocence and the undiluted truth!...SSK

    •  29 years until Sierra can run for President! We (8+ / 0-)

      certainly need to put her message out there as 'The Real America' for the next few decades.  We save and free people, it's what America does!  She has distilled what we ought to be about far more clearly than the posturing statements most of 'our' posturing politicians have been offering.  She has more decency than many adults.  

      Now, wouldn't it be interesting to set up something along the lines of a 'Sierra's Club'!  Maybe even as a PAC?

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Mon May 23, 2011 at 02:49:41 PM PDT

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      •   LOL and thanks.. She is so outspoken and (5+ / 0-)

        opinated that we have to be very careful because
        she would become a dictator if not reigned in with time outs once in a while.  We have to walk a fine line with
        Sierra as not to dim her spirit but not take over the house..LOL.  Oh yeah, she would most definately have trouble with speechwriters because you can't put words in her mouth.   Seriously, she is kinda like our Vice President in that way.  Of course she is only 6 but very
        stick to her words type.   She would never let opposition
        talk over her or try to misquote.  Oh Heck no !!!!!

        We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

        by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 03:01:38 PM PDT

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        •  Mine just turned 19. Learned something about (5+ / 0-)

          balancing to allow her spirit to thrive without it drowning out others. Mine's in college now, and she has peers and professors to bounce off now.  It's still amazing how adept she is at boiling down a view to a sentence or phrase, and she certainly can tell when politicians or 'news shows' aren't dealing in truth or living up to values or ignoring what the rest of us really want.  She's not easily stampeded, and wants things proven to her in the clear.  I don't take much credit for her developing that...she had an older brother who did like 'messing' with her mind--and being 'funny' by trying to make silly things seem plausible.  (I don't know quite where he got that, but as an eldest brother myself, I suspect myself.) By the time she entered school, her B.S. detector was quite sensitive.  She's logical enough, although sometimes it can take a while until she agrees I'm logical too.

          Support your daughter's sensibilities and moral reasoning as she goes through school, and keep on encouraging her to be strong, logical and clear, while developing in nuance and sophistication, since there are always some who'd rather shut down such voices.

          When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

          by antirove on Mon May 23, 2011 at 03:43:55 PM PDT

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          •  You are very correct and kudos to your (7+ / 0-)

            19 year old.  I know where she gets her outspoken part from.  Me.  But, the taking words seriously she definately gets from her Dad.  He is a thinker of words.  He has taught all of them to deal with truth and to KNOW what they are saying as words have consequences.  A good example.  " Do u want me to make you a sandwich"..His response..I don't want to be a sandwich.  Oh God, I cringe at times talking with him but she definately chooses her words clearly and is very stubborn almost to me pulling out my hair.  Her teacher told me today that she is a leader and animated to the point she feels like they were cut from the same cloth.  Her teacher was teacher of the year so I felt very honored for that praise on her.  The teacher has had a huge impact on her as well.....

            All of the kids are witty and smart but she never stops trying to learn.  She watches every environmental thing she can and even as a Kindegarten child will read every night and writes stories.  Never seen one quite like her.

            We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

            by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 04:22:19 PM PDT

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            •  Ah, you have a "gifted & talented" child! (2+ / 0-)
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              That's how teachers explained my daughter's 'leadership' of the kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms, and probably some that weren't mentioned to us.  Putting her in a Spanish immersion classroom for 2nd grade took the edge off her dominance for a few years, although being able to dominate in two languages was the inevitable result.  Math, music, dancing, soccer, lots of team cooperation activities helped even things out a bit and have been great fun.  She did become quite good at a number of things (oops, daddy pride may be in overdrive).  Her humor, ability to skewer weak points of other's arguments with a few well placed words, is bilingual now, and she has friends in many places now.  That humor...well, she did have to learn how to put her witty crazy older brother in his place, and deal with her dad, so the rest of the world came easy after that.

              When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

              by antirove on Mon May 23, 2011 at 06:32:03 PM PDT

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              •  Oh thank you and congrats on your (3+ / 0-)
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                child as well.  Sierra started learning Spanish at 3.
                She has not mastered it but she can speak a fair vocabulary and I do not understand what she and Dad
                say.  He learned Spanish in Germany after Vietnam from a Latino that he was friends with.   She tries to speak French as her older sister is in French class  but she has the Spanish down pretty good.    Back when she was four the homestudy lady asked me if she could count to 20 and I said, in spanish or english and she can count to twenty in both.   She has advanced quite a bit since then.      I understand the pride overdrive.  I am proud of all the kids but they never had her extreme passion about almost everything does.  Except clean her room.
                She isn't passionate at all about that.

                We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

                by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 06:45:05 PM PDT

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                •  Hmm...two of a kind when it comes to cleaning (2+ / 0-)
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                  rooms.  You have so much crazy fun and special moments ahead.  Make sure to enjoy all the just being a kid time!  In about 10 years she'll have her drivers goes faster every year.  Less nagging, more praise, more hugs, more goofy songs and funny stories...that's what I'd change.

                  When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

                  by antirove on Mon May 23, 2011 at 08:29:26 PM PDT

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                  •  ooooooooooh I know (1+ / 0-)
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                    We saw that happen with the 20 year old who is now a Mommy and we are kinda hoping we made it up to these two who are left at the nest.  Sierra is so inquisitive and just being herself, she is all into her 16 year old's business which is a full time job.  I heard her giving the 16 year old advice while sunbathing the other day.  They were both lying in the chase lounges and were so cute and so funny looking (Sierra's part anyway) because she was trying very hard to be like Sissy.  This is what she calls Beth sometimes.  She had her hair wrapped in a towel with her sunglasses and Sissy had her hair wrapped  and reading a book.  Sierra was telling her to dump her boyfriend.  My eyes got big.  Beth came in laughing but the kid may have been on to something because she was right.

                     Beth was texting and the guy was lying to her and Beth said out loud, I can't believe he is gonna stand me up.  Ooooh and Sierra took off her sunglasses.....and said, " Dump him".   Put her glasses back on.  she is 4'5 and weighs 43 lbs.  She is 6 ..did she even know what dumped mean?    The guy lied again to her sister and little bit Sierra  said, I told you to dump him.  

                     If I had not raised her since she was 4 months old , I would swear she is a little person pretending to be a child.  I have to keep her out of Sissy's business, too big of age difference.  If I don't she will be asking for a drivers license at 9.

                    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

                    by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 08:50:04 PM PDT

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                    •  At 9 mine wanted me to teach her stick shift... (1+ / 0-)
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                      although she couldn't reach clutch pedal or see over steering wheel.  I was careful to explain at what age a kid could drive by law, and what she'd have to know.  She was fine with all that but really wanted to shift.   I was aware she had been watching me carefully and so I had her put her hand on mine when shifting so she'd get the feel, then put my hand over hers the next time.  Then she said she got it after a couple trips through the gears.  Of course she was right.  

                      I did explain we need to do it safely and keep in mind the safety of everyone around us, and that we'd only move to 'R' from a stop...blah, blah, blah. And to wait for the times I said it was safe.  She did absorb all the details as I learned later.  So then when we drove to swimming, dance, soccer, school, dentist whatever, and there wasn't traffic, I'd tell her watch for my foot on the clutch and what gear and she'd move it there in perfect coordination, maniacally laughing with intent focus, which made me laugh too.  

                      I'd pretend to suffer greatly if we ever heard the 'gears grind' or we stalled (which may have affected her in her teens).  It was enough for her then. especially since it was 'our secret'.  Although if I or her mom happened to 'grind the gears or stall', she'd be the first to complain of the noise or embarrassment of stalling, and assert with total confidence that that she could do it better. Since she was often making such statements, especially if her brother also said something, nobody thought it unusual.

                      A few years later, when she got her 'temps', I told her she'd use the stick shift car, and that was fine with her, just like her brother had (he learned more conventionally--video games, radio control models).  Her brother 'shared' the car with her for 1 year before college.  Although for her, at 16, 'stalling' or 'grinding' was a bit of a social trauma since someone she knew (or worse, might want to know or impress) might be watching.  She has very few friends that can drive stick and I can't recall any others she knew who took the behind the wheel test in a stick.  When learning, she'd often claimed she feared parallel parking most...which apparently is what girls that age share as a common fear.  I'd ask if that fear was real or if she was just wanting to make me make sure she could do it well.  She made me make sure she could do it.  

                      For neurotic dramatic fun, as a parent, put on a blindfold just before the parking attempt and explain you will know if she's doing it right 'by feel', and that it's like dancing with cars, and I'd repeat the mantra, that if you're going to try something, give it your best shot, and then improve it.  It's a funny thing, but if you entrust yourself to your kid, it can bring out their best and full engagement in the activity.  Anyway, if she wasn't sure or I didin't feel the car turn enough or move far enough, I'd ask what she thought her next move was...and then make her get out (it was a safe spot for that0 and look at the car positions, and figure out the next spots and angles to crank the wheel and tell me what was gong to work...we only needed to do that a couple times, and the 2nd time was basically confirming things.  I had figured out that teens need to stop, get out and see the angles, tires and car bodies and curb, so they develop that inner perception of where they are, and to review where to put the car next, after teaching my son.  She now laughs at those commercials with self-parallel parking cars and can be merciless on others still befuddled by parallel parking.  That 'are you going to make me make you learn X' schtick can be fun for years.  I suspect that encouraged her in school to engage her teachers too...she finished high school with honors high up in the rankings.

                      Here's one potentially comforting stick-shift thought...a teen ager who has to keep her hands occupied with shifting isn't as likely to be texting, touching up mascara, or other distracting things with a free hand.  Although I have seen it's possible to wield a hair brush or comb and shift...while grinning maniacally.  (I'm guessing that by a kid reaches teen years, guardian angels have zero hair on their heads, and I'm not far behind on that score.)

                      It's a lot of fun telling her college friends stories from when she was a kid.  They actually seem to love hearing someone's dad recalling a daughter or son's stories and then listening to theirs.  Cherish your kids stories, foibles and all.  Make sure you ask relatives and school people for their input too.  There'll be days when retelling one of her stories will cheer her up or you.  And later  there'll probably be grandkids...that'll be a hoot!  I'll have to hang onto a stick shift car for then.

                      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

                      by antirove on Tue May 24, 2011 at 09:36:50 AM PDT

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      •  No one wants to follow kids or animals (2+ / 0-)
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        on a stage. President  Obama might want to consider giving me a call regarding this little one's ability to drum up a crowd in 2012.   Palin wouldn't have a prayer.  LOL.
        If he did what he did in problem but what truth looks like from a 6 year old is very rare indeed.  LOL.

        We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

        by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 03:08:14 PM PDT

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        •  The truth is, she (2+ / 0-)
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          demands so much attention, she would probably clam up
          with him getting all the attention.  Got a pic I will post here to prove my point.  At the 50's night when she took the stage...She was miffed at the Elvis impersonator who was the pastor who she felt stole her thunder.  Written all over her face as we snapped the pic.

          We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

          by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 03:10:53 PM PDT

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    •  A tear comes to the eye and this (1+ / 0-)
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      song is so appropriate.  To think, they want to take away some of their futures in education and other  programs.  

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

      by Vetwife on Tue May 24, 2011 at 03:37:05 AM PDT

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  •  Is 6 too young to run for town council? (6+ / 0-)

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Mon May 23, 2011 at 12:11:12 PM PDT

  •  I would've assumed "talk funny" meant (3+ / 0-)
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    from Boston, but whatever. :P

    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Mon May 23, 2011 at 12:33:49 PM PDT

  •  Of course you assured her the Marines do land, (2+ / 0-)
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    Sea and Air, right?   It's in the song, for cornsake! ;-)

    apparently due to ancient hardware and the transition to dk4 I can't recc tip jars or comments any longer so in lieu of the 'standard nod' you'll see a variety of replies until this gets fixed or becomes a mighty big fucking pain in the ass

    by oopsaDaisy on Mon May 23, 2011 at 12:45:45 PM PDT

    •  And so does the Navy...Corpsmen, Seals and (1+ / 0-)
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      Naval Air not to leave out the "individual replacements" that have been used extensively.

      Yup, they've even added verses to The Navy Hymn for those in peril on the land and in the air as well as on the sea.

      "...fighting the wildfires of my life with squirt guns."

      by deMemedeMedia on Mon May 23, 2011 at 03:25:34 PM PDT

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    •  frm the Halls of Montezuma 2 the shores of Tripoli (1+ / 0-)
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      we will fight our country's battles
      in the air, on land, and sea...

      if the Army and the Navy
      ever look on heaven's scenes
      they will find the streets are guarded
      by United States Marines!

      my Dad was a Marine.

      "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
      I support Bob Massie for MA-Sen

      by TrueBlueMajority on Mon May 23, 2011 at 09:02:29 PM PDT

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  •  Wisdom (2+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for the anecdote, and for the education.

    Progress is a continuum, not a light switch. Visit Leesburg Tomorrow.

    by Paradox13 on Mon May 23, 2011 at 01:01:32 PM PDT

  •  I'd vote for your kid (2+ / 0-)
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    I work with B2B PAC, and all views and opinions in this account are my own.

    by slinkerwink on Mon May 23, 2011 at 01:41:34 PM PDT

  •  Awesome (4+ / 0-)

    Republished to Military Community Members.

    When are you going to understand that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. - Practical Magic

    by Keori on Mon May 23, 2011 at 02:29:35 PM PDT

  •  Awesome and thanks for that t & r sooooooo (1+ / 0-)
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    made my day which has not been going well.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Mon May 23, 2011 at 03:23:05 PM PDT

    •  You are most welcome (0+ / 0-)

      Glad I could bring in a ray of sunshine.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

      by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 03:43:33 PM PDT

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      •  I know all this political talk (3+ / 0-)
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        of Miss Sierra for President is in jest but guess
        what, she appeals to the evangelical crowd as well.
        The Day we adopted her...(She was our granddaughter)
        before she became our daughter.  I had mentioned I would post a pic of her aggravation of being upstaged by the pastor who was an Elvis impersonator when she took the stage but couldn't find the pic but it is in this small video we made on adoption day.

        She is so full of personality and truth...LOL  ,,Hope you enjoy,

        We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

        by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 03:48:50 PM PDT

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  •  What really gets me (4+ / 0-)

    is the common, average, American does not have any clue about what America is supposed to stand for.

    The politicians don't get it.
    Legislators don't get it.
    Beauracrats do not get it.
    Corporations get it and use it against us.
    They can stand up and talk about freedoms and then we don't take care of our sick or fight like crazy for benefits for veterans and have people really hitting the pavement for work everyday regarding food for the family.   The set up was designed to work.  The military was designed not to re deplore over and over and the police was to protect and serve.

    She gets the major concept of patriotism and what America is supposed to be.  She gets the Statue of Liberty.  The immigration part..she gets.   A person no matter how they look or talk if floating in a raft needing help is supposed to be given a hand up not a smack down.  What is wrong with the adults of America that doesn't even get helping another.  Even I was guilty this week of wanting to be more nationlist regarding helping with foreign aid when we were so broke regarding our homeless...But she gets it.  

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

    by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 04:12:53 PM PDT

  •  Beautiful vetwife, just beautiful. (3+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for sharing it with us.

    We learn so much from our kids.

    •  Thanks...I probably will interview her (2+ / 0-)
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      and in her own words talk about how America should be.  OMG  she just finished talking healthcare to me.
      It was so sweet.  She told me that everyone should have a doctor even people in jail.  This one is very liberal.
      By Doctor..Here is how I asked her.
      Hey Sierra, do you think everyone in America should have
      a doctor and she said, Oh yes, everyone, even people in jails and stuff.  They get sick too.  I then said, well where do we get the money to pay the doctors.  She thought a minute and said.  I think the rich people should pay.  Well, at least the people with all the money.
      Bingo...I thought..Taxing the rich for their fair share.
      Still amazed.  Out of the mouths of babes.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

      by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 06:16:18 PM PDT

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  •  Please keep nurturing this child carefully (4+ / 0-)
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    We need her.

    •  I will do my best...Her older sister (0+ / 0-)

      has passion and during the 2004 elections went to the Kerry rallys and met with Congressman Lewis but then she started HS in GA and they broke her spirit as well as
      making her feel out of place and a thousand other things I could say about that redneck town and precisely why I moved out of the state.  Now........things are hard for her as you guys well know from Christmas.  A lot of bad choices and I had no control  after the school and some  of her biological maternal  family messed with her head.
      She was 18 and gone from the nest before I knew it.  God as my witness, I will never let a wingnut public school do that again !!!!

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

      by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 06:53:26 PM PDT

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  •  That's what has struck me repeatedly... (4+ / 0-)

    ...about pretty much everything our conservative friends claim this country should be:  It runs counter to the things everyone is supposed to learn when they're five or six.

    When you punch enough holes through steerage, the first-class cabins sink with the rest of the ship.

    by Roddy McCorley on Mon May 23, 2011 at 06:48:07 PM PDT

    •  Exactly and tonight she (2+ / 0-)
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      shocked me a little bit.  She sounded like Hillary.
      Not that , that is a bad thing but a bit Hawkish and no tv so your guess is as good as mine.  I said, Hey sweetie should there be so many wars?  She said. Nooooooooooo but, we do have bad people that want to hurt us so we must still be protected.  I have no clue where she got this because I preach getting out of the wars all the time.  Maybe she heard Obama's speech.  Maybe being so close to Memorial day, she heard it from school but she was a bit of a hawk today. hmmmmm.  I said who are the bad people?  The ones who blow up stuff.  (I thought to myself)  We did have an emergency drill today at school, as I was there so I dunno.  She is definately presidential material (lol) .   I mean she is not soft on terrorism..LOL.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

      by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 07:02:18 PM PDT

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  •  Mary? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace- Hendrix

    by Maori on Mon May 23, 2011 at 06:48:09 PM PDT

  •  Best diary of the night. (3+ / 0-)
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    Politically on point, too.

    Bring them home now. It's long past time

    by llbear on Mon May 23, 2011 at 07:00:32 PM PDT

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      gonna interview her in between playing dollhouse and
      she and her sissy just finished dancing to Thriller so it could be an interesting conversation.   I will not prompt her at all.  She has a mind of her own.. Trust me.  My intentions are to have her meet Alan Grayson.  Only fair.  Her sister met Sen Kerry., Congressman Lewis and Senator Cleland.  She loved the political stuff.  This one loves the spotlight but loves to talk too.  I just have to remember she is 6 and keep it light as possible.  Only 6 once but I am really beginning to think she is a prodigy of sorts.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

      by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 07:07:43 PM PDT

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  •  Good Job (2+ / 0-)
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    She is 100% right.Mom You are doing a wonderful job.May GOD bless you and your family.

  •  What a terrific kid. There's a video we use for (1+ / 0-)
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    teaching forms of government that is kind of cheesy and low video quality, but it does a good job of keeping kids focused as it presents the the characteristics of the major forms of government.

    It uses a game show format, and the actors/ actresses anser quesitons about the form of government they represent.  

    As they watch the video, our middle schoolers take notes and rate their own opinions in terms of support/ non-agreement with each as the show goes on.

    Fascinatingly, a significant majority ALWAYS chooses the Social Democrats ... even though they are almost ALL good little Republicans in a very red state.  Given just the issues, I am consistently surprized by how supposedly conservative raised kids invariably choose to be pretty darn progressive.

    Cheers to you and your kid ... and all the kids who still believe in government's ability and role to help us all.

    Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

    by bkamr on Mon May 23, 2011 at 08:57:19 PM PDT

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      and it sounds like it is keeping them involved.   Thank you for saying she is a terrific kid.  We think so but she seems to have an old soul ,,,beyond her years.  Lively little thing but wise .   I admire teachers who actually care and you sound exactly like the kind I would fight for .  You seem to care that the children do not get apathetic.  Good time to be showing the video as well, when the hormonal things start and they lose all interest in everything but their raging hormones.  
      Isn't it strange that they are good social democrats but watching the media can change all that.  Fox news...They take away your good sense,,, should be the motto.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

      by Vetwife on Mon May 23, 2011 at 09:19:33 PM PDT

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  •  just read the diary again (1+ / 0-)
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    "We don't take very good care of our veterans but everyone should because they fought in wars and they got posioned like Dad.  Some of them can't walk or have scrambled brains."

    that is just stunning.  she "gets it" more than some congresscritters i could name!

    "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
    I support Bob Massie for MA-Sen

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon May 23, 2011 at 09:12:27 PM PDT

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      True,Blue, it was the only way I knew how to explain when her Dad had started holding on the wall for balance before the cain, and his pain and his forgetfulness sometimes.  When she was just 4 I had to say, well let's not bother Dad right now, he is hurting because in the war, when he was a soldier,  many are sick now from the poison that fell on their heads and body in the war.
      Sometimes if they don't take their medicine, their brains get all scrambled and confused.  She never forgot and I guess learned to accept their physical and emotional illness.  I never told her where the poison came from but when she finds out, I imagine she will be very angry and I want her happy as long as possible.  I suppose when she finds out about the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, she will learn about Agent Orange.  I know our eldest is a liberal but very angry with the system.  You can[t explain stenosis and peripheal neuropathy and PTSD very well and she has been going to a VA facility with me for years now.  Everyone almost she has seen is in a wheelchair or has a cain and they aren't that old.  I am an advocate, it is what I do and I am now positive, what she will do.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

      by Vetwife on Tue May 24, 2011 at 03:22:44 AM PDT

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      •  "he is hurting because of the war" (1+ / 0-)
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        "poison fell on their heads and bodies"

        perfect explanation for a 4 year old.  and has the advantage of being true.

        as for the eldest being a liberal but angry with the system, it's more like being a liberal AND angry with the system--those two things go together!!!

        bless you Vetwife in the challenges your family faces.

        "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
        I support Bob Massie for MA-Sen

        by TrueBlueMajority on Tue May 24, 2011 at 07:02:00 AM PDT

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        •  I needed to hear that True Blue (1+ / 0-)
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          because I didn't want her to get too upset  but still know there would boundaries and it was the only explanation I could think of and it was the truth.  She knew to stay away from posions back at 4.  The stairs, poison and the road.  I told her not to touch a lot of things and put so many up but some I couldn't put up out of reach and she never touched..I explained poison.
          she will entertain and talk on stage but you cannot pay her to talk to a stranger.  Just the way we brought her up.    She will not open up and talk to a stranger and that is good.  If they say, Hi...whats your name..she will look away, or grab my hand.  We explain she will not talk to strangers.

          We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

          by Vetwife on Tue May 24, 2011 at 09:00:08 AM PDT

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