Thursday, September 18, 2008

As political as I'm gonna get

I must be old if my children's friends are running for office.

Trevis Knapp who is a senior at the University of Maine at Farmington is running for State Reprsentative as an independent. He dropped off a sign today and even put it in the ground.

Of course, Trevis reminds me of a story.

One year Molly and Sara decided to have the "Rockingest New Year's Party that Dixfield had ever seen." They planned all sorts of activities--I think the theme was pirates but there were lots of other themes thrown in. They had an apple bobbing contest, a unicorn pinata, a free-style rap contest, a dance contest and a ball drop from the upstairs bathroom window at midnight. At the time they were all older teenagers ranging from junior in high school to sophomore in college.

I was confined to my room for the duration of the party (at my own request) but did come out to witness the ball drop.

After the ball drop, I went back into my room and picked up my book to read wondering when the party would break up and how long it would take me to clean up the mess the next day.

In mid-wonder, I heard Trevis say, "OK, let's clean up now." The next things I heard were dishes getting washed and the vacuum cleaner running.

Trevis won me over at that moment with his leadership skills and value-based judgment. He can put a sign in my yard any time, I don't really care where he stands on budget deficits and Roe v. Wade--he cleaned up my house at midnight after a party.

12 comments:

RuthieJ said...

Sounds like Trevis has your vote for sure!

beckie said...

Yep! Any kid who voluntaryily cleans up a mess is well worth of a vote in my book too.

Kathiesbirds said...

Beth, I'd vote for him too! Any man that cleans up after himself and encourages his friends to do the same is alright in my book! Sorry I've been away. I've been doing some babysitting of the new grandson and then I was just plain tired!

Nan said...

Oh, that was wonderful! I'm with you - he showed his true politics that night!

Marianne said...

What a guy! Kudos to those who raised him! And I love the ball dropping from the bathroom window.

Carey's Corner said...

Actions speak louder than words.By the way I left you a comment about your Hurricane Ike request.

Mary said...

That's a fine young candidate! We need him. And I admire your trust...while you read your book...

I wish him well.

Jayne said...

And THAT alone is reason for every mom in Dixfield to vote for him! :c)

Barb Hartsook said...

Hi Beth. You are so right to judge a man by what he does -- under ordinary, not public, circumstances. Says who he is and who he is becoming. Can I vote for him???

By the way, I'd have been in my room with a book too............ :) I think somewhere in here is a vote for you as a mom. :)

The Texican said...

I don't see how he will ever make it in politics - He can actually do something himself and is willing to do it. Pappy

Rondi said...

That's an amazing kid!!!

TheElementary said...

What a great story, and a great lesson in what we should demand of our leaders. This fellow behaved like a decent human being- that should be the corner stone of all politics.