On Tuesday night, Donald Trump was elected president of the US. We didn't mention it to the kids, mostly because we didn't think they cared. They are 7- and 5-years old. They have bigger things to worry about like missing Lego pieces and whether or not their friends will want to play soccer at recess. That was a false assumption.
I picked them up from school on Wednesday afternoon, and I had one of those mom-driving-the-minivan moments. You know the moment: when a conversation starts, mom looks in the rearview mirror and she doesn't dare interrupt because she needs to hear where the conversation is going. Its been played out in many a minivan commercial and these rare moments exist. This exchange started with a "Do you know who won the election?" and it went exactly like this:
Nevin: Scarlett, do you know who won the election?
Scarlett (annoyed): No. I don't even know what that is.
Nevin (in his big brother teachable moment tone): Okay. Ummm... You know that silly guy in the United States?
Scarlett: I think so.
Nevin: Well, he got elected to be President of the United States.
Scarlett: Oh, no! You mean now they are going to build a big wall?!? That's SO sad!
Who needs political pundits when you've got school kids and a minivan?