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Civics 101

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

BagGirl: What’d ya vote for?
FrumeSarah: stunned into silence
BG: I saw a lot of people had those stickers on today. What’s it for?
FS: The primary election.
…Blank stare…
FS: The governor’s race?
…Another blank stare…
FS: Senate seat?
…And again with the blank stare…
FS: Important ballot measures?
BG: Nope. No idea what you’re talking about.
FS: How old are you?
BG: Not old enough to vote.

And this is where FrumeSarah decided to seize the teachable moment…and give a brief (as brief as FS can be) explanation about the purpose of a primary election, as well as the need to participate in said election, in the middle of a very crowded grocery market.

Story is good for a chuckle until… Until you realize that this young woman is probably not alone in her political ignorance and civic apathy.


Incidentally, when I arrived home, Beernut, who is not known for his powers of observations, remarked “hey, I see you’ve got one of those stickers.”

FrumeSarah: Beernut, you know that I had to actually vote to get one, right.
Beernut (rolling his eyes): I’m not an idiot, you know.

Just checking…

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, 9 June 2010 12:23 pm

    love it! it’s a good, great, necessary lesson that has to come from *somewhere* even if it is in the middle of a grocery store!! and beernut’s closing? priceless!!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 9 June 2010 11:01 pm

      I sometimes wonder if it is fair to inflict Frume Sarah on the world without the least bit of warning.

      And yeah, Beernut gets me every time.

  2. Wednesday, 9 June 2010 1:17 pm

    oh my goodness.
    i ❤ beernut 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 9 June 2010 11:01 pm

      Me too 🙂

  3. Wednesday, 9 June 2010 9:51 pm

    I just wish my kids would of been there. They would of asked if we are related! Alas we are not just members of the same tribe.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 9 June 2010 11:02 pm

      Which is your tribe???

  4. Sunday, 13 June 2010 10:58 pm


    Cute post!

    For years, we took our kids with us when we went to vote, so they would experience what we told them would be their civic duty: to vote!


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