An elementary student was asked to write an essay on Country,
President, Parties and Citizen. The
little boy had no clue about their meanings so he asked his dad.
His dad used an analogy to explain: “Our home is a Country.
I am the one in charge, so I am the President.
Mother and grandma have a say on some issues but normally have
different opinions, so they are the Parties.
You and your siblings have to obey us, so you are the Citizens.”
The boy memorized the roles but did not understand the meanings at
When the boy wanted to finish his essay after dinner,
his parents were having a fight and he overheard his mom say, “You
are a pig. This home is a mess! ….”
He asked his parents the exact meanings of the words
but both of his parents just ignored him. He went to his grandma
where she was watching TV in the family room. “Shhh, can’t you see
I am watching the show now?” His grandma did not want to spend time
on him either.
Feeling helpless, the boy cried as he finished his
homework with just a few words. Surprisingly, the boy got a
distinction on his work and his essay was posted in the classroom.
It read as follows:
Our country is a mess.
Our president is a pig.
Our parties are not listening.
Our citizens are crying.