Obama Speech Review, by Rollie

After all that school speech hubbub, Rollie came home from school and didn’t say a thing about it. I didn’t ask, because I knew Todd would want to hear what he had to say about it, too, and you don’t ask a six-year-old what happened at school that day more than once and expect to live. You would die a slow, eye-rolling, sighing death, petulant death.
So, I held off until we sat down to dinner. (Yes, despite my being less-than-traditional in many ways, we do try to sit down to dinner together. Sometimes it happens.)

Me: “Rollie, did you do anything interesting at school today?”
Rollie: “No.”
Me: “You didn’t get to hear a big speech or anything like that?”
Rollie: “Yeah.”
Me: “Can you elaborate?”
[Rollie rolls his eyes.]
Me: “Who did the speech?”
Rollie: “Barack Obama. He was on TV, but he was really at a school in Arlington, Va.”
Me: [thinking to myself, “well, he must have been paying attention enough to get the President’s locale. . . “] “So, what did you think of the speech?”
Rollie shrugged and gave it a thumbs down.
Me: “Why didn’t you like it?”
Rollie: “It was boring, boring, boring.”

All further attempts at discussing the speech with Rollie were met with adamant resistance.

I am thinking that maybe jason B. was right. The kids didn’t get it at this age. They were bored.

That being said, I think that there must have been some discussion of educational goals at school, because later that night, I overheard this discussion between Rollie and Tiller:

Rollie: “Tiller are you going to college?”
Tiller: “No! I don’t want to go to college! I want to stay here with mama and Daddy!”

While this is disappointing in some respects, I would probably be okay with this. As long as I can make her wear footie PJs and silky nighties with strawberries all over them, and cuddle on the couch, forever and ever.


  9 comments for “Obama Speech Review, by Rollie

  1. ColinATL
    September 10, 2009 at 9:29 am

    You’re such a dorky mom! 🙂

  2. September 10, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Think I will take that as a compliment.

  3. lori c
    September 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    omg – that’s awesome! i can’t wait until ian can talk!! :o)

  4. September 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Trust me, sometimes you miss the no talking, too. Enjoy it, as it will pass in the blink of an eye. Hope you are doing well!

  5. September 10, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Sounds a lot like what went down at our house w/o the interesting sibling discussion.

    Brendan tells me all the time he wants to stay here forever. At least on the days when he doesn’t want to run away because I won’t take him to Target to buy another Star Wars figure.

    He did tell me three students were absent from his class and I know at least on of those absences was because of the speech because that kid’s mom was all aflutter about exactly what they’d be learning in science class and indicated she did not want her child learning about S-E-X at school.

  6. September 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    From what i could tell there was one kid that was not in class. Came in at noon.

  7. Jason
    September 11, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Elle watched it in the cafeteria. Douglas County didn’t give parents an option (which is cool with me). I interviewed Elle, too, but she didn’t remember anything. I told her that we would rewatch it as a family and discuss. Also, the last few nights I have discussed the importance of giving your best effort in life (school, soccer, etc.) I told her that was the main thing that the President wanted everyone to do.

  8. September 11, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Did she have anything to say about the speech?

  9. September 11, 2009 at 9:37 am

    You are a great Dad, Jason.

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