Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I love Fort Worth.

But, I'm not sure Fort Worth is going to love us back.

Why? Well, because of our daughter.

During the Presidential Inauguration, I simply sat her 22-month self down in front of the television with a craft and told her, "This is an important day. That is our president. His name is Obama."

"OOOOBAMA!" She explained.

"Yes, exactly," I said.

"OOOOBAMA!" She said again. And again. And again. And every time the camera zoomed to his face, which was, of course, a lot.

I didn't think anything of it until she noticed him again during the evening news that night.

"OOOOBAMA" She said with her tiny pointer finger extended.

"Wow." B and I looked at each other. I laughed. "Well, she's certainly a little patriot."

The next day we visited the library for story time. A woman sitting behind us with her children was wearing an Obama shirt. "OOOBAMA!" She screamed, disrupting the story time and leaving the woman with the t-shirt rethinking her whole ensemble for that day.

"Yes, that's him." I smiled at the woman, and then to the woman sitting next to her with her children. I didn't want to create any preconceptions about us. Whether we voted for him or not was not a make or break it point I wanted to bring up with any of Ava's potential story time friends' moms. But suddenly, I felt a little exposed. I mentioned patriotism again and they laughed politely. Whew. That was a close one.

Leaving the library thirty minutes later, I held Ava's hand and walked to the door. I suddenly saw her little finger extended again.

No. I wanted to whisper. Because I saw where she was looking.

"OOOBAMA!" She screamed. And there, sitting in the cozy library was a woman typing along on the computer, who was also African American.

I think Ava's feet may have left the ground then. Because we were almost running out the door and my eyes were glued onto the car. I didn't look to see if the woman noticed my tiny girl's yells, and I couldn't bear to see if anyone else noticed either. We just had to leave.

On our way to lunch, I thought, Maybe it was a fluke. Maybe she thought that was the same woman wearing the Obama shirt.

"OOBAMA!" I heard again from the backseat.

I turned my head to see two Middle Eastern men walking by the car.

Nope, it wasn't a fluke.


Jill said...

that is hilarious! I am laughing hard!

Nicki W. said...

i am laughing too. that is so funny!!!

edie said...

Waaaay cute!

Ashleigh said...

Alison, this is too funny! Loved it. You had me laughing.

Kelly said...

LOL - There are so many reasons we should NOT teach our kids to talk! I love her innocence!

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