Politics fascinates our nine-year-old, Katie. Her fourth-grade class is studying the current United States Presidential election.
Katie, overhearing me watching this video: "Is that Hillary Clinton?"
Katie: "She sounds good."
Me: "Yeah, I like what she's saying here."
Katie: "I thought you liked Bernie Sanders."
Me: "I do."
Katie "But you like Hillary Clinton, too? I thought they were running against each other."
Me: "Yeah. They are. But they're both way better than the candidates on the Republican side. I like both of them, I just like Bernie more. But if for some reason Bernie doesn't win the Democratic nomination, I'll vote for Hillary Clinton."
Katie: "So Bernie's your favorite and Hillary's your second-favorite?"
Katie: "Who's your least favor--"
Me: "--Donald Trump. Hands down."
Katie: "Yeah, I thought so. So who's your third favorite, Cruz?"
Me: "No, John Kasich."
Katie: "Who's that?"
Me: "He's the governor of Ohio, and he's running for president."
Katie: "Oh. So Cruz is your fourth favorite and then Donald Trump is your least favorite?"
Me: "Yeah, of the major parties. There are other people running for president, too, but those are the five from the Democrats and the Republicans."
Katie: "And you want Bernie to win but if he doesn't you want Hillary to win?"
Katie: "It'd be kinda cool to have a girl president."
Me: "A woman president? Yeah, that would be cool."
Katie: "This should be called the Change Generation."
Last night, we were discussing what the names of the various generations are, such as The Greatest Generation, The Silent Generation, The Baby Boomers, Gen-X, and The Millennials. Katie asked what the name of her generation is, and I said I didn't know, that sometimes it takes a while for a generation to develop its name.
Me: "Oh yeah? Why should it be called The Change Generation?"
Katie: "Because our presidents are about change. Like, if Hillary Clinton wins, she'd be the first girl president."
Me: "The first woman president. She's a woman, not a girl. We don't call Bernie a boy. He's a man. And anyway, he'd be the first Jewish president if he wins."
Katie: "Bernie's Jewish? Like, Jesus?"
Me: "Yep. And Barack Obama is the first black president."
Katie: "Yep. See, we should be called The Change Generation."