Conversation during breakfast:
Plum: When I grow up, I want to be the President of the United States.
Me: Whoa, really? Wow, that’s great. Why?
Neither Monkey King nor I are politically active. We vote and talk about news around the world while listening to NPR during our commmute, and that’s about it. This is an ambition out of nowhere. But hey, if my little girl aspires to be the President of the United States, I should be supportive.
Plum: I read that the White House has a bowling alley, a swimming pool, a movie theater, and thirty five bathrooms!! And on the top floor, there is a game room with a pool table! I bet they have an air hockey too. I like air hockey.
Phew! Perhaps there is hope yet for her not to be a politician after all.
Mulling this possibility further, she questioned: if I am married when I get elected, can I still be the President or will my husband be the President?
Whoa! Of course you will be! I am already irritated with her future husband who can possibly take away her hard work by virtue of being male.
Plum: I think Girl President will be special. President Obama is the first black President, but that is just the color of your skin. A girl is entirely different. Girls can give birth to life!
I think of all the ways Plum is a great leader: she likes to organize and lead team activities; she stands up to bullies in school from taunting other kids; her kindness and compassion; her strong sense of justice and fairness. Our country will be pretty lucky to have Plumster as our Girl President.