Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A short story

I am writing this on Tuesday night and watching the election results. This post is not political in nature. I just wanted to share a little story.
As many of you know I teach kindergarten. Last week our school held a mock election. We talked about voting in our class. I asked each child to tell me a reason why they liked the candidate they chose. Most of the children replied that they just liked him. One little girl said she picked John McCain because her brother's name was John :) I set up a little voting booth. The children each went behind a curtain to cast their votes. Our class voted 9 for Barack Obama and 6 voted fro John McCain. After we tallied our votes I asked the children which candidate had the most votes. From the circle of children came a very loud "O'Rock O'Mama!!"
When I awake tomorrow I will know whether my class made the winning prediction or not.
OK, I admit I stayed up way too late to see who won! While I was surfing the internet I saw a that a friend on Facebook posted the following quote.
Rosa sat so Martin could walk, Martin walked so Obama could run, Obama is running so our children can fly.
I just found this quote so powerful!
take care,
Dawn

18 comments:

Lorrie said...

I love all the funny things that kids say! I bet you could write a book with all the cute things you've heard over the years.

Debi said...

Oh wow...I LOVE that quote!

Max (in first grade) came home from school yesterday with a list his teacher had typed up for us. She had asked the kids what kinds of qualities a president needs to have. One of the answers they gave was "know how to get to the White House"...I thought that was so cute!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Dawn,
I think kids are so cute...and the stuff they say!

I didn't know you were on facebook! I'll have to try to look you up!

jeanne said...

Good morning Dawn, your children should have been on a poll. They were right on. Now we need to support our leaders with all we've got. I'm praying for our country and the new president and EVERY American should do the same. The quote is a positive thought, and that is a good thing.

Love...Jeanne

Beverly said...

Out of the mouth of babes. O'Rock O'Mama is priceless. I think you should send this story to Obama.

Great quote!

Smilingsal said...

I think your students are so fortunate to be in your class.

bj said...

I will be praying for this president as never before...and for all of America.
Your kids were right in their voting outcome...they are so cute and they are so lucky to have a sweet and good teacher such as yourself....
Happy day, bj

Darlene said...

O'Rock O'Mama is hilarious. My daughters class did the same thing and had McCain winning. She was quite disappointed this morning when she found out Obama won. I told her that you don't always win but that we will support the new President and all we can do is hope for the best for all of us and that he will be a good leader for our country.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

The things kids say is hilarious! Apparently my 9 year old and his friends have had many a discussion on who would be president and they also picked "o rock o' mama". I've always prayed for our leaders and will continue to do so. It is indeed so historic

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Dawn, I agree, you should send that story to our new president-elect; it is priceless! The quotation is very thought provoking, too.

litanyofbritt said...

horray for not having to move to canada!!!!
i love me some obama.

i wish you weren't at work so we could chat about it

demonstration blog said...

Oh Dawn, that quote made me cry, it really states the sentiment of Obama winning. Last night I stayed up and wept through most of it, I wept for the young faces that have hope despite the mess our country is in. I wept for all the black people in this country who now can tell their children that they can be president someday. I wept for this night because all of us needed hope so much. If Obama can be president than whatever hopeless situation we might face in our own lives took flight last night. All things are possible.
Karen

Lori said...

Dawn, Last night reminded me about the power of words. Your class is too cute.The election raised many deep discusions in my house with my teen girls.The President Elect has a way of inspiring our young people.

jeanne said...

Hi Dawn, just stopping by to thank you for your comment this morning. We are so lucky to have these amazing views. Living here was my dream for many years.

Love, Jeanne

Tracy said...

Hi, Dawn! What great story, and what a great quote! I must say I'm over the moon with delight that Obama has won...I never cried over a presidential election before, but I cried when the terrific news was announced. His hope gives so many hope! :o) Happy Day, my friend ((HUGS))

Shelia said...

Hi Dawn! Hope you've had a great day! I'm trying to be good - it is so hard!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Dawn; my mother and a friend of mine cannot say Obama.When they are talking about him they say , Bahama ! And I get so tickled at them . That was a funny one that your student said also.

Angel said...

That is a terrific quote!

We did a mock election, too. It was so cute. My class was 10 for Obama and 10 for McCain!