The best stuff first:
We had our first parent-teacher conference yesterday and I am just the proudest mama ever! I already knew that Taylor is a smart cookie, but her teacher told us a story that just makes me beam.
Little bit is always very quiet and well-behaved and has never had to change her color (they use the stop-light system for behavior). Well, one day at nap-time the teacher got onto a girl who was near Taylor for making noise and made the girl change her color. Before the kids go home, the ones who stayed on green for the day get to get a piece of candy or a sticker. When the teacher got to Taylor, her color was on yellow and Taylor told her with tears in her eyes that she couldn't have any candy because she had to change her color. Without being told, she had changed it on her own because she was the one who made the noise at nap-time. Her teacher was so moved that she had been so honest that she told her to change it back to green so she could get a piece of candy. My sweet little one's moral compass is pointing in the right direction! ... did I mention I'm really proud of her?!
In etsy news, I really haven't had tons of time to sew. I did manage to get a few things made last week, and this week I got a custom wallet out the door. I also have some sewing to look forward to for a repeat customer who is sending me some fabric to use. She's always super fun to work with so I'm looking forward to that.
OK, the political stuff.... starting with the positive.
I've been volunteering my time down at the Democratic HQ here and have been so incredibly surprised at the positive reaction people have had to the campaign. People that you'd never guess would be supportive coming in, getting their yard signs, and saying "thanks for being here". I've had lots of "thank you"s and "so glad you called"s while doing phone banking. It really has been an amazing experience. The icing on the cake came today when we found out that Pres. Clinton will be attending our rally on Saturday. How awesome is that!!!
The posts I've been avoiding are really about how I'm really tired of the Republican campaign taking ownership of patriotism. That somehow I'm not as American or that I'm not as proud of my country because I don't buy into the neo-con ideology. It is ludicrous and it pisses me off! I'm tired of and saddened by reading hateful, fearful letters to the editors of my local paper about how Obama is going to be the end of us all because he's Muslim, the anti-christ, going to kill babies and on and on and on.... all lies fueled (or at the very least not repudiated) by the McCain campaign.
I've chosen my candidate because I care about our country and want someone in the White House who will inspire us, bring us together, and restore our standing in the world as "the shining beacon on the hill". I admire his "intellectual vigor" as Colin Powell so eloquently put it and I'm proud of the campaign he's running. I feel like Obama gets what it's like to be in my shoes... lower middle class (stuck in a no-man's land of not making enough, but making too much for assistance), having to make hard decisions about money, health-care, etc. I want the war in Iraq to be over and I want our military to be able to focus on the real threats. I want real change from the last 8 years!
You know, I also think it's perfectly fine if someone doesn't agree with Obama's policies and wants to vote for McCain, and I'll never ever call them unpatriotic or somehow less American. I will not wish harm on their candidate or on them because that's the beauty of this country, we all have the right to decide for ourselves.
Ok, there. I really do feel better now....