Sam was over for a while this afternoon. Sam is the five year old pundit that lives next door. We were having a wonderful conversation about the merits of chocolate chip cookies versus oatmeal raisin when the news came onto the radio.
The announcer made this statement that caught Sam’s attention: “Ex-Trump campaign aide, Rick Gates has pled guilty. How will this effect the Trump White House?”.
Sam looked at me for a minute and said ‘Guilty of what?” So I told him that he and Mr Manafort had made some bad decisions in trying to get real estate loans and got caught. I tried to explain that it is not legal to lie on applications to banks and the IRS.”
Sam, when hearing “IRS” immediately looked up and grinned. He said “Granpops hates the IRS cause they takes all his moneys”. I said well, lots of people don’t like them but we have to pay our taxes.
Sam asked “does Mr Gapes and Manfort work for the oil company like granpops?” and I said no, they used to work for Mr Trump.
Sam, frowning mightily said, “well, that was their first mistake”.
I changed the subject and asked Sam how school was going…. (He is in kindergarten and loves it) He surprised me by saying “I don’t want to go back anymore”. I asked why not and here is the explanation I got:
Sam: “I don’t want my teacher to have a gun. What if she gets mad at me? or Ernie? She gets mad at Ernie alls the time cause Ernie is a bad boy. What if she shoots him? Does all the teachers gots to have guns now? Can’t we just make schools a no guns place? That would be better. If they all gots guns i don’t wanna go and I don’t wants Braalie to go too”.
I asked Sam “did someone say all the teachers needed to have guns?” He nodded at me. I said “who was that Sam?” thinking it was a neighbor or another child.
Sam said “Mr Trump says we gots to give all the teachers guns so they can shoots people. Doesn’t he like kids Granma Suze? Why does he want us to get shots and deaded at school. I just want to learn how to spell!”
I just hugged Sam and said “Oh honey, I don’t think that’s what he wants” and Sam, being an incredibly bright little boy reminded me of one true thing. he said “but Granma Suze. Mr Trump is stupid. he does stupid things and says stupid things and the guberment has to do what he says cause he’s the president, then THEY do stupid things and its the kids who get dead!”.
I said the only thing I could at that point. I said “Sam, somehow we are going to make sure the teachers don’t have to have guns no matter what the president says, okay?” and since I am the granma he believes me and felt better.
Now, we just have to do it. For all the five year old Sams out there.