One little tidbit that I’ve failed to mention during this project is that Emily receives her new words each Friday and has her initial test the following Tuesday. If the kids hit a home run and get all the words right on Tuesday then they are done for the week and do not have to retake the test on Friday. This last week had Emily come oh so close to the home run, slamming a triple into the corner and getting 29 out of the 30 words correct. She would not be denied on Friday, as she clubbed it out of the park and secured her third A+ score in the last four weeks. Nicely played sweet girl!
The election is coming up and Emily is asking a lot of questions about President Obama and Mitt Romney. She knows how her parents are voting and that has produced even more questions. The excellent news is that she is taking an active interest in the issues, the process and ultimately the results, so I’ve crafted the story that follows to help her study for her spelling test and hopefully remain interested in our wonderful democracy.
Candidates in the Kitchen
President Obama noticed that his favorite flowers were in bloom and asked Mr. Romney if he could borrow his cookbook. It seems that the two candidates had grown tired of the campaign and were seeking some sort of tool to help them cope with the pressure. Mr. Romney told the President that there were no recipes in his book that involved flowers, but that the white ones in the corner smelled just like his favorite shampoo. “Should we make flower soup or our own special shampoo?” the President asked. “Perhaps we can put it to a vote,” suggested Mr. Romney.
So they did. As President Obama was wearing his wool jacket, he watched his challenger Mr. Romney stand atop a stool as he tried to reach a bunch of bottles. The votes were tallied and the two candidates were now going to concoct their special brand of designer shampoo. “The proof is really in the pudding Mr. President,” said Romney. “I will prove to you that we can find a group of people willing to buy shampoo that features the essence of your wonderful flowers and the fresh water from a nearby brook.”
The President liked what Mr. Romney had to say, but thought it foolish to limit their endeavor to only shampoo, and suggested that they take some of the purple flowers that were budding on a nearby bush and marry them with the white ones to make a shampoo and conditioner combination. “Fantastic idea Mr. President,” said Romney. He then pointed a crooked finger at the President as if to scold him about the economy but thought better of it. He remembered the drive they took together earlier in the day when they’d stopped at the toll booth and he’d lectured Mr. Obama about the many issues with TARP. The President argued that he was simply trying to stimulate the economy and save businesses, especially the American auto industry. Mr. Romney recalled that they’d agreed to put differences aside for their little getaway and attempted to defuse the situation by telling a crazy story about the time his grandfather caught a raccoon on his hook while the family was on a fishing vacation. The candidates had a good laugh about the story and TARP talk was a thing of the past.
Now they were focused on shampoo and conditioner.
The two moved back into the kitchen with bushels of white and purple flowers and as they rolled up their sleeves to begin the steaming, boiling and blending process they had a long discussion about who would love their product more, a bride or a groom. Meanwhile, up on the roof stood members of the Secret Service, and as President Obama used his favorite spoon to stir the magical blend of flowers into the candidates’ special shampoo and conditioner, the agents got word that it was time to get the President and Mr. Romney back out on the campaign trail. Mr. Obama put the lid on one last bottle while Mr. Romney shook a previously sealed one and took a sniff. “Oh, this one is a winner Mr. President,” said Romney. “I agree Mitt. And this has been fun,” said Obama. “Hope we can do this again sometime.”
Now leaving the special hideaway was a bit of a challenge for the Secret Service, as they needed to get both candidates on their way and not risk having one of them marooned at the cabin. While the President could easily take off in his helicopter, Mr. Romney had to leave by way of a hot air balloon. The former governor was last seen floating high into the sky with a grin so wide you could see every tooth. The President waved to Mr. Romney from Marine One then issued a special bulletin to air traffic control to temporarily divert traffic to allow Mr. Romney’s balloon to fly by.
Snuggled up in a blanket cocoon with his feet on a cushion, President Obama enjoyed his ride back to the White House and had nothing but good thoughts about his bizarre afternoon with the competition. His chief of staff urged him to look over two different versions of a speech he would be making on November 6th; one to be delivered if he were elected to a second term and another if he were conceding the election to Mr. Romney. He started to look over them but then grabbed another set of papers instead.
He opted to proofread the copy that would go on the bottles of the Obama-Romney Shampoo/Conditioner. There was simply no debating that the product was going to be a success.