I was discussing 20th century Presidents with my daughter and asked her:
"Do you know what's really sad?"
- "What?" she asked.
"All the Presidents have been guys. There has never been a female President. Yet."
"Well...good question. Part of the reason is that for a long time, there was a really stupid idea that women weren't smart enough to be leaders. Truth is, women are definitely as smart as men. Sometimes women are even smarter."
She looked at me as if I had just asked what two-plus-two was.
-"Um, Daddy, I already knew that. I knew a long time ago that Mama was smarter than you. Also, I thought we didn't say "stupid," and you just said it. I'm going to tell Mama."
"Nothing like making politics personal. I'm going to have a Trader Joe's dark chocolate peanut butter cup now."
- "If you give me one too, I won't tell Mama,"
she said assertively.
I shook my head.
"She always knows. She always figures out when I'm hiding something. I wish she wasn't so smart."
I've gotta get smarter.