I Hate Elections

23 Sep

I worried, and for good reason, when that goldenrod yellow paper came home in the homework folder.

He was excited about it.

Student Council elections. It was the first time that he was excited about writing three paragraphs. Star Wars, Batman, and the Avengers only got two paragraphs, and it appeared that the reading portion was more important on that one. In any case making a difference at school appeared to be something he was really into, and I worried.

I worried because I didn’t want him to get his hopes up. There were eight students running for two 3rd grade representative positions. And he was feeling confident. He had written a really good essay, but I knew that at this age the essay was not what mattered. Popularity, that was thing, which is why I hate elections.

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The thing is my son is well liked. He’s got plenty of friends on the playground and in the classroom, but in student council elections, it usually comes down to who is more popular I guess.

So he gave his speech, along with the others, but left early from school for an appointment and I got an email.

His teacher said how great it was that he had given his speech but … there was a but, followed by an unfortunately. And so I read on and I got the news that he hadn’t made it. I figured the chick that suggested no homework for a week, and the other that was planning for pajama Friday’s once a month made the top two. Pajamas. They’re big in elementary school. I mean you don’t even have to get dressed, just roll out of bed. Pajama Friday. Dude.

But he was asleep when I got the email. So unfortunately we have to talk tomorrow. I have to tell him tomorrow … and I worry.  Pajama Friday over Outdoor Garden projects and Sports Days. Some people are not fond of plants and sweat. Pajamas. It’s all about pajamas and flannel. It’s a good fabric, I guess.

Elections. I hate elections.And Pajama Days. They disappoint 3rd-grade hearts. But I know he’ll be all right. He’ll bounce back because he’s my son.

 

 

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3 Responses to “I Hate Elections”

  1. bgddyjim September 24, 2016 at 3:58 AM #

    Funny thing about elections, school elections.

    They teach the kids early on that it’s about who can get you what, not who will do a better job protecting freedom.

    And they wonder why things are bad.

  2. Jenny Hansen September 26, 2016 at 11:35 AM #

    I’m sorry he didn’t win. But I’m glad he wants to make the world a better place. Maybe you can find a solid volunteer interest where he won’t have to run against Pajamas. (You will laugh about this LATER.)

    *fist bump to the 3rd grader* At least he put himself out there and tried. 🙂

    • The Guat September 26, 2016 at 10:48 PM #

      Dude it was a bummer. But I totally gave a fist bump and let him know he was still awesome no matter what. I think that experience made him doubt it of course, but he knows we’re in his corner. Thanks for the love.

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