Tomorrow is Curious Girl's half birthday. When she wakes up, she'll be four and a half. I made the mistake of almost revisiting the debacle of the last x-year-old kiss, mentioning that tonight was our last four-and-a-quarter-year old kiss and the morning would bring the first four-and-a-half-year old kisses. This led her to be anxious enough about the notion that she wanted to pretend. "You be me, Mama, and I'll be you." OK. So I said, "Mama, how old am I?" "you're four and a quarter, honey. And this is your last four and a quarter kiss." "Mama, will there be more kisses?" I asked. "Oh yes, honey! Don't be scared," she told me. "Barbie will come. Barbie Election will come, because you're four and a half. Here are two kisses, for special. And two hugs."
The wonderful, adorable CG is back again today: worried about getting older, excited about the prospect. "I can't wait for my half birthday, " she told me as I kissed her goodnight.
Barbie Election. Election Barbie. I'm quite amused by this notion--planted, in part, by Politica's own electioneering, and by the fact that we've been telling CG that she would be four and a half around Election Day. On Wednesday, Curious Girl and Politica went out walking with the Democratic candidate for prosecutor, and CG is quite taken with the candidate. She claps when we see yard signs. And she loves going with us to vote. So what would Election Barbie do? Be a judge? A voting enthusiast? A debate moderator?
Phantom, LG, and Baby Blue went out to a political rally this week, followed by very amusing family political conversations. Curious Girl has been asking me lately, "Why is President Bush a bad president?" "He doesn't listen well and makes bad choices," I told her this morning. "Oh, that's bad. We don't like that," she said. But that didn't stop her from from sending him a card last President's Day, to wish him a happy president's day and tell him that she wants to visit the White House and visit his dog (the dog having been featured in the Weekly Reader at school). He recently wrote back, and (surprise!) she got the same letter Mermaid Girl did. Plus a picture of the President and the First Lady. CG was happy enough to get mail, but it was a remarkably non-responsive letter. It's hard to see how such vapid responses will motivate political participation.
I think I could get behind Election Barbie, holding candidate parties, and get-out-the-vote rallies. That's my kind of Barbie.