I keep returning to why I started this whole civics lesson with Daniel. Yes, he asked about political parties. And politics. And taxes. Yes, I want him to understand the political process. Yes, I believe in learning by doing.

But I was reminded of the reason behind the reasons when found my copy of Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris. Acedia is a spiritual term and, at its most basic level, means the absence of care.

While I am no expert on spiritual acedia, the words ďabsence of careĒ give me something to ponder. Donít you feel like thereís a blanket of acedia over this country? I see it by the poor voter turnouts at elections-- an absence of care.

Iím sure there are lots of reasons for low voter turnout: Donít like the candidates, donít like the issues, donít like the weather outside. But I bet at least one of the reasons is voter apathy: ďJust donít care.Ē

And I donít want either of my children to become apathetic, hence, the field trips to the Democrat and Republican meetings. It doesnít matter whether Daniel agrees with me on issues. What matters is that he forms his own opinions and expresses his opinions by voting for those candidates that represent his beliefs.

Daniel was pretty quiet during both political party meetings he attended. I thought he might be bored. I thought he really didnít care about any of the conversation. I thought he was missing his favorite TV show. I thought maybe this was a bad idea after all.

I neednít have worried. On the way home from our last political party meeting, Daniel reminded me once again...he has an opinion. About. Everything.

Please vote this Tuesday, November 5!

I keep returning to why I started this whole civics lesson with Daniel. Yes, he asked about political parties. And politics. And taxes. Yes, I want him to understand the political process. Yes, I believe in learning by doing. But I was reminded of the reason behind the reasons when found my copy of Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris. Acedia is a spiritual term and, at its most basic level, means the absence of care. While I am no expert on spiritual acedia, the words ďabsence of careĒ give me something to ponder. Donít you feel like thereís a blanket of acedia over this country? I see it by the poor voter turnouts at elections-- an absence of care. Iím sure there are lots of reasons for low voter turnout: Donít like the candidates, donít like the issues, donít like the weather outside. But I bet at least one of the reasons is voter apathy: ďJust donít care.Ē And I donít want either of my children to become apathetic, hence, the field trips to the Democrat and Republican meetings. It doesnít matter whether Daniel agrees with me on issues. What matters is that he forms his own opinions and expresses his opinions by voting for those candidates that represent his beliefs. Daniel was pretty quiet during both political party meetings he attended. I thought he might be bored. I thought he really didnít care about any of the conversation. I thought he was missing his favorite TV show. I thought maybe this was a bad idea after all. I neednít have worried. On the way home from our last political party meeting, Daniel reminded me once again...he has an opinion. About. Everything. Please vote this Tuesday, November 5!