Mama: (off-handedly, and partly to herself) "Monday is Martin Luther King Day."
"Martin Luther King Day is Monday. Remember the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln's war? When he wanted to free the slaves?...
Well, Martin Luther King Jr. came around almost a hundred years later. Back then, black people - people with darker skin - had to use different drinking fountains, and bathrooms, and all sorts of things. They were treated like they were not as smart and bright and human as people with light-colored skin. Martin Luther King Jr.........." on and on it went for several minutes.
"Sounds like Martin Luther had lots of love in his heart."
"Why were people so war-ial (his term he uses) back then?"
"Well, wars still go on today. Bush has lots of people over in Iraq, and Afghanistan - in the middle east - fighting a war, and lots of people - women and children, also - are dying."
"Mom - are those other boys for the war?"
"Which boys?" I wasn't sure who he was asking about - the soldiers?
"Oh, you mean the presidential candidates? With Hilary?"
"Yeah. Are they for the war?"
"Well, that's the most important thing, to me, in this election, is getting folks back home and ending the war."
"I think I want to change my vote to one of those boys. Which one is for peace? Which one has the best ideas for peace?"
"Uh - I'm not sure. I'll check into that, and let you know, okay?"
I'm gonna go cry, now.