We covered what an “inauguration” is and what today means for the United States in terms of power change in a peaceful fashion. My oldest wanted to see what the new President looks like and I thought it would be a good experience for the kids to see the swearing in of the new President. Since we don’t have television access at our house, we called a neighbor ahead of time and arranged to watch a few minutes of the coverage on their big screen T.V.
They especially liked to see how Yo-Yo Ma seemed to be having such a good time playing the cello. They were amazed to see all the people there. They didn’t have much else to say, although Child #2 was worried about some of the things she thought President Obama said in his speech. Near the beginning, for example, she thought he said something about sacrificing babies.
Some people might be shocked to find out that my kids didn’t know what President Obama looked like. But, they didn’t know what President Bush looked like. They didn’t know what any of the candidates for President looked like. We had discussed many of them and their differing political positions over the last couple of years, however.
It was a good school day, a great learning experience, and hopefully something the older two will remember to some extent when they are older.
May God watch over this country and help us with the challenge that lies ahead of us.