Kids at the Inauguration: A Profound Memory for Life, or Child Abuse?
December 20, 2008 7:37 PM Subscribe
Should I bring my 7-year-old son to see the Inauguration? Or, how much cold and crowding would you
endure to be present at a major historical event (and so your son could tell his children, "I was there.")?
posted by underthehat to Society & Culture (36 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm really struggling with this one, and yes, I've read the other Inauguration discussions on Ask Mefi. I admit that January in DC is likely to be cold, and maybe snowy, sleety, and rainy. The crowds will be huge. I have a hotel reservation in Baltimore, and I imagine train travel to and from the Mall will be tortuous. So the experience is likely to consist of being packed in crowds for many hours, cold and probably hungry and needing to pee. Hard enough for an adult; I imagine it would be harder for a kid.
And yet... This is an important event in my life, and I want to share it. It's an important time in our nation's history, and I want my son to understand that, too. He followed the campaign and election pretty closely, and this is the payoff. I can't tell if I'm just being sentimental to think that in 10 years or so most of the memory of discomfort will have ebbed for him, and he will be excited to say he was there.