Every day we drive past one of those tax preparation places. You know the ones, right? They have someone standing outside dressed like a haphazard Statue of Liberty holding some promotional sign for the tax preparation place.
Those places have my kids in a state of perpetual confusion every single year around tax time.
A conversation with my seven year old daughter goes like this (this started when she was five):
“Mommy, I have to tell you something. I saw something that worried me today.”
“What is it, honey?”
“Did you just see that fake Statue of Liberty?”
“I sure did. What worried you about him?”
“First of all, the Statue of Liberty is not brown. And it is not man. The Statue of Liberty is a green lady. Who does that guy think is kidding? I know the truth. I have been there!”
She has. And she does know the truth yet she brings it up again every year. I can never stop near one of those places for fear she will lecture the poor sign holding guy about how he is a fraud.
Now my nine year old son.
The other day my husband and I were driving past the exact same place from above. We had the kids in the car. This year, the tax place is trying a new tactic. Instead of advertising just about the store, they now have the guy (still in the Statue of Liberty *cough* costume) holding a sign that says “Honk If You Love Liberty.”
“Dad, honk the horn right now!!”
There was no honking. My son was incredulous.
“Dad, what is wrong with you? That sign says ‘honk if you love liberty.’ Why didn’t you honk? Don’t you love liberty? Why are people not honking? No one honked. What is wrong with people? Who doesn’t love liberty?”
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