I mentioned, below, that The Boy is gaga over Obama. Let me expand on that.
I guess it was about last February that he saw a speech of Obama. He was entranced. Here, he was watching someone who talked about things that he believed in. Someone who acted as if people can do great things together.
He began reading everything he could get his hands on about Obama, watching the political shows, and asking every adult their opinions.
He has so been lit on fire that he has decided that when he grows up, he wants to be president. Perhaps that's not that unusual. Except that at 12, he has decided that he is going to go to a good college, get a degree in Accounting, go to law school, be a lawyer for several years, then go into politics. He has seriously discussed with me whether having a UU minister for a mother will make his run for the presidency difficult.
After watching some of the things both candidates have had to deal with, he's decided that the easiest thing is for him to just live a life on the straight and narrow. No drugs, no sex shenanigans.
This is the effect Sen. Barack Obama has had on my son.
Will this last? Heck if I know. At 12, I wanted to be a country singer. But it's fun to watch. And what a concept -- a politician as hero to a 12 year old boy!
And he's already started on his plan. He competes in his first debate tournament next month.