October 5, 2008

Kids are Cute

(The scene is a small suburban neighborhood, which Spiffy is cheerfully canvassing, knocking on doors with her clipboard and pile of Obama/Warner lit. A man and his family are standing in the doorway of their house, enjoying the lovely fall afternoon.)

Spiffy: Hi! Are you registered to vote?
Man: Absolutely!
Spiffy: Great! Voting Obama, I hope?
Man: No way! We're McCain people. You know he's a trained killer? Don't you want a trained killer for president?
Spiffy: Ah, I prefer a diplomat...
Man: Obama's going to increase spending, raise taxes.
Spiffy: Well, if McCain keeps spending billions of dollars in Iraq...
Man: (interrupting, incredulous) McCain's not spending anything!
Spiffy: ...Alright then. Have a nice day, sir!

(Spiffy moves on. Shortly, she is joined by the man's cute 9-year-old daughter, riding around on her scooter.)

Daughter: Whatcha' doin'?
Spiffy: Registering people to vote!
Daughter: (automatically + enthusiastically) Vote McCain!
Spiffy: Naw, I like Obama.
Daughter: McCain!
Spiffy: But Obama's cooler!
(Daughter glares at her, little eyes narrowed behind her glasses.)
Daughter: I'm watching you.
(She pokes Spiffy, then follows her for the rest of the cul de sac, chatting about her hobbies, which include chasing squirrels.)

Gotta say, I hope this girl grows up to have a mind of her own; it's all well and good when little kids parrot their parent's views, but I know of people who still vote a certain party only because their parents did, and that's just kinda dumb.

BTW: This is my 50th post! Whoo!

4 comments:

Bitty said...

I have no idea if you intended it that way, but your description of the encounter with the girl

Daughter: McCain!
Spiffy: But Obama's cooler!
(Daughter glares at her, little eyes narrowed behind her glasses.)
Daughter: I'm watching you.


sounds an awful lot like Winston Smith's encounter with his neighbor's daughter in 1984.

Chilling.

Congrats on the 50th post and good for you for canvassing!

Ol Cranky said...

I'm watching you?

seriously, she'll either grow up to be Mrs Kravitz on Bewitched or Jennifer Jason Leigh's character in Single White Female.

Spiffy said...

Haha, you're totally right about the 1984 thing! I didn't even notice that, spooky.

Alice said...

My god, I love that kid!