Conversation on the way into school today:
Me: I get to vote today.
Child: Oh, me too.
Child: We have school elections. *pause* I'm running for Senator.
Me: Really? I...um...didn't even know you were having elections.
(Child explains the complexity of the elections, the slates of candidates she has to decide from, and the rules. There are about 12 kids running for Senator (of 24) and 5 can be elected.)
As we pull up,
Me: Well, good luck then! That's exciting.
Child: Yeah, I think I'll need it. Everybody else has 3 to 5 signs up. But you have to make them during chapter book (a read-aloud period), and I'd rather draw. *shrugs* *runs in*
Not exactly an enthusiastic candidate, maybe. But still pretty darn cool, y?
Edited to add:
She won!! Her teacher told me privately that it was really a popularity contest, and "she's popular".
As a bullied, deeply unpopular kid at her age, this still made me happy. :)