For the first time in their young lives, my children are interested in politics. Of course, that’s not too much of a surprise since they’re only 8 and 6 but still I find their interest in it exciting. My own political and religious views often surprise my children and we have many, many conversations about things that would probably shock a good number of people we know. For instance, I told my children that I don’t believe in God, not in the traditional churchy sense anyway, but they do believe. It’s not up to me to discourage their belief in it so we talk about why we each believe what we do. I feel like I really know them and they really know me. Politically, I’m not affiliated with any party because not one of them has it all right. This year for me will be a vote of the lesser of two evils but my kids are excited about Barack Obama. They are thrilled when they see him on television and will sit, enthralled, hanging on his every word. They have both said countless times that they hope he wins for President and this too has caused many a conversation about what Obama stands for and what I stand for and what the boys think are good things for our country.
It’s times like these that I am so thankful to have them home with me for without them here, it would be easy for me to isolate myself with my thoughts and never challenge my thinking on any given topic. But with them here, I find myself explaining certain things which in turn leads to them explaining things to me. It will be interesting to see how things progress as the election grows closer. Also, the conversations I’ve been having with the boys has caused me to sit and reflect on how easy it is to discount the opinions of children, strictly because of their age. I don’t want my children to ever think that their opinion doesn’t matter because they’re “too young”. It’s so important to involve them, especially at a young age, so they will alway feel that they have an important contribution to make.
On a completely different topic…the other night, I invited the boys to come downtown with me to take some photos. Sean was busy studying and it seemed like the quiet our absence would bring would be greatly appreciated. Off we went on our downtown adventure and we really had a lot of fun! It was a tad bit chilly but the boys were good sports and we stayed down there for almost a half an hour. At one point, we had gone down an alley that led to some shops when Ryan just spontaneously burst into a dance routine. Iain and I were SO cracked up but I managed to get some shots of the young Denny Terio in action:
I’m still considering going into the photography business but am taking it very, very slowly. Right now I’m just trying to build my portfolio so I have pictures in there of folks that I’m not related to so, if you’re local and you’d like to have some portrait work done, please email me at the address at the top of the page. 🙂
Hope all is well with you and your world!