There are some days that I feel like I have failed my children. It’s easy to say that my kids have a great education because we tour the country. It’s easy to soak up history, landscape, and geography when you can touch and feel the places and things. Then, there are those days that offer a great reality check.
As we drive through College Station, TX, Michael and I see signs for the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum. We had a great experience at the Harry S. Truman Museum. Michael and I start discussing a visit to the Bush site, when the kids bust out all of their presidential questions.
“Has there ever been a woman president?” they ask.
“No, but women are trying now…”
(insert a long discussion about primaries, general elections, and political parties)
“…now that we have had a black president, it is likely that there will be a woman president soon.” I explain.
“Have we ever had a black-skinned president?” One of the younger kids ask.
“Yes, that is what I said. Barack Obama is black.” I reply.
“Who is Barack Obama?” almost every kid asks at once.
Ouch. Barack Obama has been the President of the United States for ALL of their lifetime (most of them at least). Cecilia, in perfect tone, says, “Thanks, Obama.”
Evidently, that is what my kids know about our current president. We decided that YES, we will take that tour through the museum. It is time to expand our presidential knowledge a bit more.