(sing it with me)
…in order to form a more perfect union
PROvide for the common defense
proMOTE the general welfare a-and
secure the blessings of liberty
to ourselves and our posterity
do ordain and esta-a-a-blish
United States o-o-of
My 8th grader was chosen to be a part of a social studies Q & A competition regarding the Constitution. Their team did well in Districts and so were able to compete this past weekend in Richmond at The Court of Appeals. She was initially a little concerned about being associated with “smart people” but that challenge quickly evaporated once she found out how “normal” other “smart people” can be. As well as “cute.”
I must say, I believe my IQ went up several hundred points as well after sitting in for several of the mock hearings. My daughter’s portion covered “Who is John Locke” and I was so pleased she didn’t reference LOST. She spoke with clarity and eloquence and didn’t slouch. I was beaming. One of the main speakers kept referring to the Constitution as a “miraculous document” and actually got me to care just a tiny wee little bit. I do take my freedom for granted. But I also daily celebrate being done with all manner of social studies classes. So there’s that.
Our school’s team placed 4th in the State (beating a neighboring middle school–“I got your blessings of liberty RIGHT HERE!”) and celebrated at the Starbucks.
And I can NOT overestimate the domestic tranquility of parenting only one child for the entire whole weekend. Those founding fathers knew of which they spoke. Of establishing. Of.