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Mark enters into the world partisan politics

Barack Obama: Our 44th President I don’t know how many of you remember Scholastic Books as a kid but if you don’t, they send home from school a catalog every couple of months and you send your order through the school.  As it was when I was a kid, it’s a pretty big day around here when the catalog comes home and then when the books arrive.  Mark’s most recent order included the latest edition of Diary of a Wimpy Kid as well as a selection that shocked me, Barack Obama: Our 44th President.

He has been reading it 20 pages at a time and then I skim over it and we discuss it.  We have spent the day discussing racism, politics, whether Barry or Barack is a cooler name, and what it means for Mark to be a part of a mixed family. 

He is also checking out the political section of my library.  He pulled out Warren Kinsella’s book, Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics and I said, “You can read that as soon as your mom let’s you say ‘ass’”.  His reply was to mutter, “You are just afraid that Mom will kick your butt if I read it.”  He is starting to understand his parents marriage.

As a father, it’s a lot of fun having these kinds of discussions with Mark and it is another sign that he is quickly growing up.