We had hair day at daycare, today. Hair day is a good time for all… Sometimes kids get their hair done, sometimes it’s just us grown ups. Stylists are special people. They have to make tactful suggestions while praying to the gods of fashion that you aren’t going to insist on some sort of crazy, godawful thing and then tell people they did it. They’re like hostage negotiators for follicles, and I know Miss Nikki has talked me off the ledge a few times lately. That’s kind of a chick thing, at least in my family… oh, things are unpleasant or stressful in your world, get some dye and pop your head into a weedwhacker. Go ahead, honey, it’ll help.
Nikki: Stylist/Hostage Negotiator
It was a lot of fun to chitchat with people whose company I enjoy and not focus on the stress of the week. Sometimes, we get pretty lofty in our discussions. We naturally had to hit on Mick Mulvaney’s comments that there’s no proof that providing poor children with a free lunch is beneficial. I’m not going to blow this fellow up because I think he’s a soulless fiend, which I certainly do. But let’s call a spade a spade… This fellow and any other person who wants to discontinue free lunches for children living in poverty knows perfectly well that the program benefits those children’s education. It’s not a matter of getting enough bang for your buck, if you aren’t sporting the IQ of a turnip, you know they need food if there’s ever to be hope they can overcome the circumstances of their birth. What you are saying is that these particular American children don’t matter. Stay classy.
Americans are supposed to be the good guys, although I am starting to think that’s gone the way of the buffalo. I have no complaint about trying to curb spending and make a dent in the national debt. It’s the thought process of where that I can’t understand, like the recent shift in child care subsidies… there’s no money for that because we suddenly need to provide free Narcan to heroin users. That’s where money previously enabling people to access child care was redirected. Somehow, somewhere that made sense to somebody with a whole lot more power than I will ever have. It comes down to world views… I think America cannot be great if we turn a blind eye to hungry little kids, to the elderly and that is precisely what we are doing. Granted, this is currently just talk about free lunch and instead they are cutting before and after school programs. They cut a whole lot of funding to Meals on Wheels, because not starving the elderly doesn’t show results. Call me a wackadoo, but I really thought the not starving was the desired result.
If Miss Shannon were in charge, she’d be looking to fund effective programing that levels the playing field for children. I’d be cutting things like corporate welfare, capping the salaries of elected officials at a reasonable (less than they’re getting) amount and evaluating health care with the intent that all people should be able to access care. This isn’t us against them, we need to work towards the collective good of the American people. I don’t have all the answers, I only know what I think is important. For example, it’s more important to me that old ladies not eat cat food than to build a wall bordering Mexico, even though I agree that illegal immigration is a problem. You’ll notice I said not one peep about travel bans… that’s because I agree that terrorist activity is a real and present danger. I don’t know if the ban was the right thing, but I also don’t have a better idea.
I like money and I wish I had more of it, I’m not going to make any bones about other people’s desire for a comfortable life. You don’t get rich teaching preschool, which is why I burned myself 26 times yesterday while hot gluing rocks to a seriously ugly mirror. I don’t necessarily have money for extras, and that’s ok. I dedicated my life to improving the lives of little kids. In my world, you feed them because they’re hungry little kids. Full stop. I was a hungry little kid and when my own kids were little there were a whole lot of times I didn’t eat so they could. I know hunger intimately. I promise, there was never a spelling test I did well on that happened before free lunch. I have a kid in my program whose teacher sends him a book bag filled with food for the weekend every Friday, and I am ashamed I didn’t think of it myself.
I had to work on this post for a few days because my conservative republican beloveds get a little pissed off at me when I write about politics. I love this country. Should the need ever arise, I will take up arms to defend her. (You should probably lose sleep over that, it can’t end well.) Please, please consider what’s happening here. It is no more acceptable to starve poor people than it is to have homeless veterans sleeping on benches. PBS… I love you, but you can fund raise. And please… don’t say the words survival of the fittest. This isn’t the Darwin awards, it’s not the Hunger Games. I want our country strong, too. I just believe we make that happen by investing in the future of our children.