With the State of the Union and the upcoming President's Day vacation, I have overheard my beloved after-school study buddies discussing the presidency on several occasions over the past few weeks. They agree that it would be "super awesome amazing!" to be president. You would never have to make your bed or do homework. But sadly, you would still probably have to do "real boring stuff" sometimes.
Keeping their chats in mind, I readied today's group project. I asked the kids if they knew who the current president is. After I pinky-promised them it was not Washington...or Lincoln (Eventually one of my girls proudly stated, "I know! It's ARACK ARANA!" Close enough.), I sat down with each child, and posed a question: If you could tell the president one thing, what would it be? It could be anything; a piece of advice, suggestion, criticism, something you want to change, anything at all.
Some had an idea immediately. Some sat deep in thought for a few moments. Regardless of the length of time it took them, the little bits of wisdom they doled out are pure magic.
Originally, the idea was to write their thoughts on their own illustrations, and send them off to the White House. And, I will still do that. We're hoping for a response from President Arack Arana himself, fingers crossed. But I just can't keep this level of genius between myself, and the White House staffers tasked with reading adorable kid mail.
"If I was the president, I would say, 'Girls are allowed to wear ties!'" --age 7
"Make peace with everybody in the world. Right now." --age 8
"If I was the president, I would make sure everybody is safe. Even the boys." --age 7
"Be more like Abe Lincoln." --age 7
"Thank you for making this a better place." --age 6
"BRING US DOUGHNUTS!" --age 7
"You are the nicest president. But I don't know the other presidents." --age 6
"Be in charge of our whole school." --age 6
"You should take care of your family and your country!" --age 8
"If I was the President of the United States, I would rule the school. I think you could probably rule the school too." --age 6
"I think you should give us cupcakes every day." --age 7
"I like how you gave your speech on TV. You had a serious face. If I did that, I would barf." --age 7
"If I was the president, I would make everyone wear purple. It's my favorite color." --age 6
"Go to the North Pole." --age 6
"If I was the president, I would do things you don't get to do that often...like see a circus." --age 7
"Ban homework from the USA, and give everyone a dog to cuddle." --age 7
"If I was the president, I would run every restaurant in the world, and I would make everyone eat my food. They would love it." --age 8
"I want to be president when I grow up too. Maybe you could teach me?" --age 7
"I like George Washington more than you, because he makes quarters and fights in the army. You don't do that stuff." --age 6
"You should change all the cafeteria food to macaroni and cheese." --age 8
Don't think of the preceding just as 20 cute statements
from six to eight year old children. Consider them as indisputable
evidence that kids are better than us. Children are a lot more worldly and wise than they are given credit for. Clearly, they have their itty bitty fingers on the pulse of the nation. They know the issues that matter. They understand the problems of the masses, and they know exactly how to solve them: With cupcakes, doughnuts, and macaroni and cheese.