The other day Jack and I were at McDonald's. Among us in the play area were two or three other families who happened to all be Hispanic. A few of them were speaking Spanish. Jack looked around at everyone and said to me "Sometimes I just feel like the Chinese are taking over the world."
How does a mother appropriately respond to a comment like this? Its just wrong on so many levels. I explained to him that these people were probably Americans just like us or perhaps they are Mexican. Either way they are children of God and that makes them our brothers and sisters. "Why would you say that about the Chinese?"
"I was just thinkin' about the trade deficit."
I'm pretty sure he doesn't really understand what a trade deficit is but I am sure that he listens to every little thing he hears and he is trying to make sense of this confusing world (aren't we all?).
Jack has two very opinionated parents when it comes to politics. Even though we agree on pretty much everything (thank goodness) we still tend to get pretty lathered up on big rants. I realize now that we need to work on filtering our soapbox tirades for the sake of our five year old. Recently he declared that Janet Napalatano is an idiot. He is only repeating what he has heard said countless times and it would be so hypocritical of me to scold him for making this statement especially when it is, after all, SO accurate, but I did feel a twinge of guilt. From now on I'm going to try and keep things less hostile.
So back to the trade deficit that Jack is apparently so worried about.... I used it to my advantage and solved my camera battery charger crisis. My camera battery went dead and I lost my charger in the move. A replacement charger is 80 bucks and a replacement battery is around $60. I just knew that as soon as I spent the money the charger would turn up. Then while searching the Internet I found a knockoff charger for FIVE dollars and a replacement battery for SEVEN. I paid 12 bucks plus 4 bucks for shipping. Both the charger and battery came today from China and they work perfectly! I would feel guilty except that the expensive Canon charger is made in China too. Wow, maybe Jack is right after all.