Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A curious topic of schoolyard conversation...

So, I pick my young'un up from school today, and he casually mentions that he and some of his peeps were discussing Proposition 8, one of the initiatives on California's Nov. 8 ballot here in California.

For those of you not familiar with it (i.e., not from these parts), I will explain it by telling you the official name of the measure: Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Yup, that about sums it up. It, in fact, amends the California constitution.

So I was pretty interested to hear what my child had to say about this, and what his conversation with his friends involved. He told me that "this other kid brought it up," saying that he was in favor of Prop 8, and then soliciting the opinions of the other kids, including mine.

So what does MY young'un do?! My precious little liberal commie pinko offspring? Why, he defends equal rights for all, naturally! "I don't think you should be able to make different rules for people because of their beliefs, or who they are. That's just not fair. That would be like making everyone eat Kosher food, even if they're not Jewish." BWAHHAHAHHAHAHA! I *LOVE* it!

So the other kid says, "Well, I saw a commercial that said they could start teaching us to be gay in school!" Evan replies, "Don't believe everything you see in commercials." WHOA! I know grown-ups with less sophisticated reasoning ability!

Anyway, I just had to share this. I am SO proud of him! Not only for his well-thought-out opinion on the matter, but for his willingness to voice that opinion to someone who disagreed. And he's only 10!

Kids are amazing.


Danielle said...


Kate said...

You should be proud of him AND yourselves for raising such a well informed and ::awesomesauce:: kid!!

Christa said...

Awesomesauce indeed

Katie J said...

Just wanting to reinforce the ::awesomesauce:: here.
GO Evan!! You rock kiddo.

Angela said...

Your KID ROCKS! That's great!

Good job, Mom! :)

alicat413 said...

go ev!
and go k8 for being such a great mom!

such an ::awesomesauce:: fam

a. goy guy said...

If Young Siegel is saying that making non-Jews eat Kosher food isn't at all kosher (stay with me, people), and neither is having different sets of laws for different sets of people, then he's got *my* vote!!

Perhaps you should put him to work designing bumper stickers for the No on 8 folks?

"Prop 8 - not kosher, just meshuga" :-P

Marissa said...

Evan should run for president. I'd vote for him.


Saw a bumper sticker yesterday & you just gave me a reason to repeat it: MEAN PEOPLE BREED LITTLE MEAN PEOPLE.

Much to my dad's dismay I hope I raise 4 'lil open-minded liberals who grow up to be 4 big open-minded VOTING liberals.

DonnaL said...

Katie Bug,

You earned the bumper sticker, "GOOD people breed lil' GOOD people" today.

Proof positive that you're doing the whole parent-thing beautifully.

Lucky you are with such a fabulous, bright, bright boy; lucky he is to have you and Bri as role models.

Teal Marie Chimblo said...

Your child ROCKS this planet, and so do his parents! Give him a hug for me!

Lil Matzah Ball said...

L'Chaim lil K8!
I will have to find out the yiddish word for awesomesauce.

Anna in Minneapolis said...

So, so awesome! A great boy and a great mom for raising a thinker!

Lori said...

You're doing a great job there! That second part- about teaching them to "be" gay at school, I really just can't understand that some ADULTS even believe that. Seriously? Did you take a class where they taught you to be heterosexual?

Uncle Zeke said...

What... is your boy hanging out with MORMONS??? ;-)

Kidding, any potential Mormon readers. I AM ONE!

Wow... how ironic. My "word verification" code for this post is "reent". That's almost RENT. HOW GAY IS THAT???

(To quote a friend of mine)

Sara In The MN said...

Nice Job! Doesn't it make you SO proud to hear such forward thinging words coming from your kids? I totally understand the feeling and love it. My 9-year-old is wiser than many adults I know. Kinder and more aware too! Good work, raising our next generation of voters!!!!

Jeanette said...

That's the best thing I've heard all day! He's such a smart kid!