Ashes was barely able to contain her laughter, and of course that made me smile, because there's just something so contagious about the laughter of children. We were driving from the homestead to the apartment last Friday afternoon, and were all slightly high from the prospect of two days without work.
She continued giggling. "Daddy, look at that!"
I turned around to take a glance. "What's that, hun?"
But it wasn't inside, it was out. "That!" she said, pointing to her left. "That man's name is Billy Bowels, and he's running for mayor!"
Now I have to tell you, she was wrong on all counts. His name was Bill Bowles, which is, of course, pronounced like Sally Bowles from Cabaret. And as the sign shows, the guy was running for councilor, not mayor. But she was having so much fun with it, I just wasn't about to correct her, not yet.
"That's funny," she continued. "Can you imagine him? 'Vote for me, I'm Billy Bowels, and I wanna be your mayor!'" And then, she started laughing hysterically, and of course, Tiger, who was playing his Game Boy next to her, started to join in.
Well, I couldn't help it. She had drawn me in, totally. "Now you listen, Ashley," I said, as seriously as I could. "There a lot of people who think that man has what it takes to be mayor. They think that Billy Bowels is just the guy to do the job, to flush out crime and corruption in this city."
"Daddy!" And Ashes started doing that little girl giggle, only louder.
"Did you know, I read yesterday that MORE and MORE people are planning to vote for him? In fact, I've heard there's a whole Bowel Movement that's coming out in Eldredge, and no one's going to be able to stop it!"
Happy Monday, everyone. I have photos of a great Ghost Walk that we took on Saturday that I'll be posting soon enough, and also, a story about my meeting on Friday night with the president of the group where I direct. As a result of that meeting, I spent much of Sunday just doing nothing. More later!