For my birthday I want a new president…

Voice of America: “Among the speakers Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Boston will be the founder of the website Kids for Kerry, 12-year-old Ilana Wexler.
Because I tested well as a kid, I was tracked into accelerated school programs from fourth grade onward. My classes were generally populated by precocious kids like Ilana Wexler. I quietly despised their cheery can-do attitude, their flute lessons, and their nice clothes. At the same time, I wanted to be like them instead of the kid with the bad haircut and irregular husky pants smelling faintly of smoke.
Within three weeks, my wife will give birth to our first child. I hope that our daughter is as engaged and confident as young Miss Wexler when she hits her pre-teens. Either I’ve become more square or I’ve learned something in the past 20 years…or both.

1 Comment so far

  1. mk (unregistered) on July 27th, 2004 @ 6:10 am

    I love the “No Name Calling” Day!

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