I heard the First Lady on "take your children
to work day" answering questions from children about life in the
White House. Given that just about everything in the United States
is being done on behalf of, or to the future generations, I hoped it would
be an interesting accompaniment to the work of glazing.
The children who where granted the audience, where apparently the offspring
of White House staff and hangers-on. I can't help but suspect that
mothers and fathers nearly came to blows over which urchin would go where
so few others have been. And I am certain the children were well
dressed and wearing good shoes.
When I was their age, under
the British system, my equivalent to the chief executive's spouse, would
have been the Duke of Edinburgh. In Britain the Monarch qualifies as
chief executive, but over the years due to whole series of happenstances,
including mental ill-health, the monarch has been forced to leave all of
the decisions to good help which more recently is elected in the
The king or queen of England is an inherited position, so most
likely "take your children to work day" would include the children
of just a very few family members.
But strange things happen, and were I, at a tender age,
to have found myself in a position to ask the Duke of Edinburgh a question,
I hope in the name of all goodness that I might have found the fortitude to
ask a more challenging question, than the ones asked of USA's first lady.
I came away with a sense that we should throw future
generations every problem we can find, and invent a few more to keep them at
least interested in the world beyond the next ice-cream.
But I imagine mine is a lonely position, and probably
subject to investigation by some subset in the department of homeland