Yesterday, Anna, Sami, and I walked up the street to meet Abby to walk her home from sch. Just moments after she came out the door we overheard a child who lives in our neighborhood say to his friends, "I hate Obama! I'm a Republican!"
Abby looked at me concerned , but I told her not to worry about it.
On the way home this same boy started hitting a smaller boy, who also lives in our neighborhood with his backpack while calling the younger boy Satan.
I said, "M__, please don't do that." "But he's Satan!" he replied. "No he isn't M__, you know better than that."
M__ ran ahead to his little brother and the smaller boy turned around and gave me a hug.
Later that night Abby sat in my office and watched John McCain's speech with me. While he was speaking she asked me, "who is that man talking?", and I explained that he was the Republican nominee for president.
"Do you hate him daddy?"
"No honey, he's a good man, but I'm voting for Barack Obama the Democratic Nominee."
"Why do you think M__ said he hated Barack Obama daddy?"
"I'm not sure honey, but M__ is a bully and I don't think he really understands what he is talking about."
"There are good Republicans too daddy, like grandma."
"Honey, some of my best friends are Republicans and they are good people."
"I don't think we should hate people daddy."
"You're absolutely right sweetheart, just because we disagree doesn't mean we should hate each other."
"I love you daddy."
"I love you too sweetheart, and I'm very proud of you."