Politics seem to have seeped into our lives here at Roberts' Roost despite my best efforts to ignore them. Today it was made very clear by J and R just how pervasive this political season has been. It was a rainy, cold afternoon and the kids couldn't go out and work with their pony and goats or play on the swing or do any of the things outside they normally do. I couldn't either. So we worked on inside projects. While I was doing some research the kids were playing some kind of dino-war game led by R. The sound of play eventually faded to a background buzz as the topic I was reading about got more interesting. When I finally resurfaced 30 minutes later I found the room plastered with posters representing the two candidates for "Household Adviser". This person apparently plans out projects that need to be done around the house and farm to make things run more smoothly, look nicer, and be more fun. (I didn't know we needed such a person, but...) Along with the posters there was an announcement of times to hear the candidates speak, a debate, and encouragement to get out and vote.
The speeches took place after dinner and were followed by the debate. Campaigning included fliers, candy bribes, and general haranguing. Things stayed pretty positive and issue focused (unlike the presidential campaigns.) The debate was lively with both candidates making good points about how they could make life more efficient and fun here at the farm.
The evening ended with J being elected Household Adviser for the month of November. She will be followed by R and the position will be reviewed by the Benevolent Dictator and the Queen of Everything at the beginning of the New Year.
I was amazed by how much of the process the kids picked up. Pretty cool for a couple of farm kids.