I Don't Want to Forget

Annelise beaming with artistic pride for her Armadillo Rodeo masterpiece.
Annelise snuggling into bed with me one morning and telling me about the mock election they held at school the same day as voters were expressing themselves all around our fine nation. Not only did they get to vote on some fun things for their school, like how to celebrate the head master's birthday with a movie day, they voted in the Texas governor race. Here's a snippet of our conversation:
She said,"I voted for Ricky Perry!"
I said, "You did? Well, I did too! Why did you choose him?"
She said, full of first grade wisdom, "Well, Perry is the platypus on Phineas and Ferb and he's a spy and really funny so that's why I picked Ricky Perry."
Annelise announcing on the way into HEB that she can't wait to get to heaven so she can talk to George Washington. I asked her why and she said she didn't have a particular reason, and when I asked her if she wanted to see Jesus she said, "Well, yes! But I want to see George Washington too."
The other night at bed time when Annelise and I were taking turns reading Ramona the Pest, but by the time I had picked up some of her trail in her room, all the while getting more and more annoyed and listening to her stop and start her reading to ask questions or comment on the state of world affairs or to skip ahead to look at the pictures and then have to find her place again and start the whole process all over, I told her I had lost my patience and wouldn't take my turn reading that night (I know, I'm awful).
She looked at me with a mix of disappointment and concern and said, "But patience can't avert you."
I looked back at her with a mix of confusion and wonder and said, "Avert me? What do you mean?"
She explained,"It means that patience will never leave you, you can't lose it because it won't avert you. You and Daddy always say that."
"Oh, do you mean patience is a virtue?" I asked.
She looked so relieved to be understood and shouted, "YES!"
I gave her a hug and told her I was sorry, but I still wasn't taking my turn to read that night (I know, I'm awful).
I am so grateful she loves and forgives easily.
And that she voted Republican.


  1. Well, at least she voted for Perry. My 2nd grader voted for Bill White!!! I couldn't believe it. I asked her why and I can't remember what she said, but I don't even think it was as intellectual as Phineas and Ferb. UGH!!! At least her vote didn't count.

  2. i love all of the stories! i can't wait until Mackenzie is old enough to explain what she's thinking and get words mixed up! ;)

  3. Her rationale for voting sounds perfectly reasonable in these crazy times. What a sweet girl. And I would have skipped my turn reading too. ;)

  4. I love your little Republican girl, too! Our world needs conservative, intelligent women. Rah rah!

    I love that you didn't read (I'm awful, too). I wish you were my neighbor.

    We'd have such fun!

  5. Okay, now the Mr. Rogers theme is running through my head. That oughtta do wonders for my freakazoid insomnia.

  6. p.s. Annelise approaches her voting a la Phineas & Ferb with more intelligence and logic than most of our country who voted for oblique "change."


    Again, the insomnia.


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