Vote for me…

“Mommy, who should I vote for in the elections?”

“Ummm, I didn’t think you could vote. You are not old enough!”

“But, I want to vote. I am interested in the elections.”

“Yeah, that is not enough A. You need to be a certain age.”

The child ignores this advice.

“Where is Mr Gillard?”


“Who is Julia married to?”  Notice the first name familiarity with the PM. One takes giant leaps with democracy.

“Julia is not married to anyone.”

This causes considerable dismay and consternation.

“What do you mean she is not married to anyone? How old is she?”

“Ummm. 40 or maybe 50”

“And she never found the time to get married?”

“Maybe she didn’t want to. Thought about that?”  Clearly, this school of thinking has not been explored much.

“Why would she not want to?”

“Ummm, I don’t know. Maybe she had no time!”

“Well, she gets to meet a lot of people now, doesn’t she?”


“So. All she needs to do is go out into the streets, and stop a nice man and ask him to marry her!”

“Why would she do that? She doesn’t need to be married just because she is the Prime Minister!”

“Well, if she is ever going to get married, now is the time. She is a Prime Minister, so any nice man on the street will say Yes to her.”

Fair logic that.

“So you won’t vote for her if she is not married?”

“I don’t think so. She didn’t even find the time to talk to a nice boy in all these years. I don’t want her as the Prime Minister.”

You mustn’t think that this child has been raised on a regular dose of Disney Princesses. I will have you know she lives in a more real world. But, I digress.

“You do know Julia Gillard has a long time partner, right?”

“What does he do?”

“He is a hair dresser.”

“I don’t like him”

“You don’t _know_ him”

“I don’t have to, Mommy. And I am not voting for her!” Labor – 0. Liberals -Unknown.

A few minutes of silence.

“What about Tony Abbott?”

“What about him?”

“Is he married?” Clearly this is turning into a bit of an obsession.


“He gets my vote, then”  Labor -0. Liberals – 1.

“Really? You don’t know anything about his policies or what he plans to do for the country if he becomes Prime Minister.”

She always takes feedback on board, you gotta hand her that.

“Yeah, you are right Mommy. I don’t want to vote for him either.”  I have long given up telling her she cannot vote anyways. It is more fun this way.

“So what are you going to do?”

“I will vote for both of them. Because I dislike both of them!”

“That is like wasting your vote. ”

“That is exactly what I want to do! ” Labor – 0. Liberals – 0.

Democracies, dear leader, come to their knees because of people like these that wield their power with the vote so unflinchingly.

She comes back from school the next day, looking pleased as punch.

“Mrs M asked us to use the phrase ’50-50′ in a sentence.”


“And I said, there was a 50-50 chance that either Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott would win these elections!”

“That was clever. What did she say?”

“That I thought outside the box and was very aware!”

A suitable “awww” moment ensues.  Julia Gillard appears on the telly with more promises.

A small person walks up to the TV and lets her know she isn’t getting a vote here. And that Tony Abbott has a 50% chance of winning.

The TV is switched off.  Julia disappears in a haze of static and electronic ether. Miss A settles down with her books. Democracy crawls along at a normal pace while the rest of the nation deals with life and the 50-50 conundrum. For everything you lose, there is so much else you win. You would do well to remember the rule of 50-50 when you are not sure where you stand.


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rajavel
    Aug 10, 2010 @ 13:48:17

    THat was very OOB and Aware indeed !

    Brilliant ! May be she will become a PM in time ! She seems to have that spark !


  2. asuph
    Aug 10, 2010 @ 17:42:45

    very very tasty tasty


  3. Gauri
    Aug 10, 2010 @ 18:40:49

    “You do know Julia Gillard has a long time partner, right?”

    You were walking into a minefield there, Scarlett :))). If Miss. A had caught on to that ………. questions would have rained tigers and elephants ! :)))


  4. Gauri
    Aug 10, 2010 @ 18:41:13

    “You do know Julia Gillard has a long time partner, right?”

    You were walking into a minefield there, Scarlett :))), knowing kids nowadays. If Miss. A had caught on to that ………. questions would have rained tigers and elephants ! :)))


  5. scarlettletters
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:52:59

    Rajavel, Asuph, thanks 🙂
    Gauri – I realized that the minute I said it out aloud. Thankfully, the fact that the PM’s partner is a hairdresser interested her more- questions on whether the hairdresser charged ‘Julia’ for haircuts were raised. I do know that this will come back to bite me – we are never too far away from the minefields around here. 😛


  6. Gauri
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 13:08:09

    Nope – we are never too far from the minefields. Take me, for instance. I floundered into one such with my eyes wide open the other day. Will be posting it shortly.


  7. Ardra
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 13:23:12



  8. scarlettletters
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 14:18:42

    Gauri, cannot wait to read about your minefields. Your Pecan and Macademia are very, very adorable.
    Ardra, democracy fascinates this child 🙂


  9. La Louve
    Aug 16, 2010 @ 02:56:01

    what a brilliant lil lady Miss A is… i adore reading the MissA series… Keep posting Scarlet


  10. scarlettletters
    Aug 16, 2010 @ 13:27:23

    La Louveeeeeeeeeeeeeee – how have you been?
    Glad you like the Miss A series. 🙂


  11. Aria
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 04:04:06

    Miss A gets my vote.. (not considering her marital status, lol)


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