yesterday evening. It was Youngest Son. He was calling to report on his daughters.
Boston and Maddie are 15 and 13 years old respectively. Their school participated in the student "Walk Out" demonstration the other day, regarding the school shooting in Florida. Some schools made it mandatory that students participate. The school the girls attend made participation optional.
Boston and Maddie stayed in school.
Boston and Maddie were of the opinion the demonstration was, to quote them, "dumb."
The girls had talked with their parents about what happened in Florida. They understand the tragedy of the situation. They also picked up on the talk floating around about gun control as a way to prevent school shootings. I asked their Dad what the girls thought about that aspect of the situation. He told me they thought that was dumb, too. Boston said that if someone is killed in a car accident, nobody blames the car. It is the driver who is at fault. Same with guns.
I don't think I have ever been more proud of those girls. They followed their beliefs instead of following the crowd. And I am equally proud of their parents for raising children who can think for themselves and who have what is lacking in many adults - common sense.
To quote Boston, "I'm not going to school to demonstrate. I'm going to learn."
Boston and Maddie, your Grandma says, "Well done."