23 February 2010

Dear Mr. President

Several months ago, I had a mammogram, at the very civilized hour of in the evening after dinner. (Really. I have a full time job. Scheduling mammograms during the day is a pain in the ass. Besides, the group practice we use has the machinery - they might as well get more hours a day out of it. And the technician likes it too - she works from 12 to 8 and avoids traffic. And I don't have to wait at all. Win win win.) When I got home, the child asked if I’d gotten a lollipop - because of course you get a lollipop after going to the doctor. I told her she might should write a letter to the President, offering up her suggestion. Periodically, it comes up again. Yesterday, she wrote her letter.



I'm not sure that her letter is going to add anything to the health care debate underway in Washington, but I do think it is important to encourage one's child to participate in our democracy.

29 comments:

Kelly said...

Could lollipops assist in preventing filibusters? There's a thought.

Life in Eden said...

I think this is my favorite post of yours EVER.

Stimey said...

There's some health care reform I think we can ALL believe in.

Harriet said...

That is awesome. I'm voting for her.

Rima said...

She has really good penmanship. (And a great idea.)

bernthis said...

damn good idea although, I would prefer a piece of Godiva chocolate. Yeah, I know I'm pushing it

Bibliomama said...

Make mine purple. Miranda for President.

jo(e) said...

I love this!

(Although I too would prefer chocolate.)

Very Mary said...

That's the most logical thing I've heard come out of this debate. Here, here, Miss M!

ree said...

Please tell me you ARE going to send that, right?

mayberry said...

That is excellent! Have you seen the video on the White House site about how the President reads 10 letters every day? You should show it to her!

nonlineargirl said...

Tell her that even if national reform does not pass, I will be sure to bring this up in Oregon's efforts to fix our state's system.

painted maypole said...

love it! :)

flutter said...

democracy = lollipop. your kid is brilliant

slouchy said...

That is awesome. As cute as it gets.

FreshHell said...

I would vote for this plan. When ever I take the girls to the doctor, they always make sure I get a lollipop, too. And we bring one home for daddy, too. Because then it's fair.

Furrow said...

That is just about the cutest thing ever. And I hope it gets in the reform package, if there ever is one. At my last appointment, the receptionist gave me a funny look for taking a lollipop when I didn't have a kid with me. Except, of course, I did. It's inside of me. That should count.

heidi said...

Your little sucker for health care is also a whiz at punctuation. And I will praise her for that, the next time I see her. At our ped office, stickers replaced lollies a long time ago. You got a sticker during your mammo, didn't you? ;-)

modernemama said...

The Lollipop Mandate! Yes!

Kyla said...

That is awesome! We really should get candy after those "special" kinds of visits.

liz said...

You're raising your girl right.

Gwen said...

Lollipops are way better than those silly, PC stickers.

Imperatrix said...

Ha! Well, it's a start, but I would hope that in Reconciliation, we could add a rider providing the glass of wine option for those who don't like lollipops. ;-)

Mocha Dad said...

Wow! Here is the answer to health care: Lollipops. It's so simple, yet brilliant.

Gwen said...

What an adorable idea! Your daughter is just too cute. Though, I'd more prefer a prescription for a good painkiller than a lollipop :)

Carol said...

Actually, kiddo, Canadians get suckers with all of their doctor's appointments, which thankfully are already covered by our health care system. I never have to pay for health care, OR suckers.

...Okay, only half of that is true.

Carol said...

...and that makes me sad.

Cold Spaghetti said...

Best. Letter. Ever.

abby said...

my bank used to give lollipops to the kids too. think we could have M write a letter to the banks too? I mean, we did give them all that money...