Grandpa, Marissa threw her shoe at the television this morning.
Did she break the television?
No, actually, it was a slipper but she thew it hard.
Why’d she throw her slipper at the TV, Elijah?
She thew it at the President.
Why? What was he doing?
He was talking bad to the FBI! He said people like Marissa are “the worst of the worst,” Grandpa! Before I could understand what he’d said, her slipper sailed by my play pen and hit the TV!
Wow! That must have been scary!
Yeah, but what Marissa said he said was scarier. Marissa said the President’s either evil or ignorant and that he should come to Minnesota to see what her cousins do. He should meet some immigrants. They’re not the worst of the worst. Miguel works up on roofs in the hot sun 16 hours a day all summer long, Grandpa.
Her other cousin, Maria, makes minimum wage cleaning toilets and making beds for a hotel. It’s not enough to live on. She works hard, Grandpa. So does Marissa. They’re not the worst of the worst. They work harder than you do!
So I have an idea, Grandpa.
Okay, Elijah. Let’s hear it. “Out of the mouths of babes….”
I’m not a baby anymore, Grandpa. I crawled today. I’m seven.
Well, you’re not seven. You’re seven-months. But it doesn’t matter. You’re very wise. Let’s hear it.
Okay, Grandpa, here’s my idea. Everyone elected to office in the United States should have to pass a six-week orientation re-roofing houses and cleaning toilets to qualify for taking the oath of office. That way people like the President will stop insulting good hard-working people like Marissa, Miguel, and Maria, like he did this morning, and Marissa won’t break here television. She can’t afford a new one.
What a great idea, Elijah! That’s a GREAT idea. Maybe an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a six-month orientation working in minimum-wage jobs before the oath of office is administered as a hedge against evil, ignorance and the worst of the worst serving in office.
Yeah! Let’s amend the Constitution! What’s a Constitution?
Sometimes, Elijah, you make me smile, even on cruel days when I don’t feel like it.
- Grandpa Gordon, Chaska, MN, Dec. 15, 2017.