As I’ve written previously, one of my daughters declines any discussion about politics and liberty activism because, she says, it bores her. I’ve found other ways to connect with her, including games and shared reading material. When I ran out of books just before my last business trip, she loaned me one of the books from her current favorite series.
The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix begins with a book entitled, Among the Hidden. This book is about a boy named Luke who is the third child in his family, and they live in a place where it is illegal for families to have more than two children. The following passage appears on page 2:
At twelve, he knew better, but sometimes [Luke] still pictured the Government as a very big, mean, fat person, two or three times as tall as an ordinary man, who went around yelling at people, “Not allowed!” and “Stop that!” It was because of the way his parents and older brothers talked: “Government won’t let us plant corn there again.” “Government’s keeping the prices down.” “Government’s not going to like this crop.”
In one of our Skype video conversations during this business trip, I told my daughter how surprised I was about her book’s anti-government spin, considering her wish to avoid discussions about government. She replied that of course government is bad, but unlike our prior conversations, the book was interesting. I laughed out loud and told her how much I love her and missed her. Perhaps I’ve been more of an influence on her than I realized.book review, parenting