I know Precious risks getting frostbite if you send her out to shovel the sidewalk. But consider this: her future political career could depend on being able to perform these wintertime basics.
Just look at the attention (and future votes!) Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is getting for clearing off the walks of more than one of his city’s snowed in residents. He’s cleared enough walking room in the snowpocalypse drifts to be deemed a blizzard superhero. It’s public servitude gone back to the basics!
Like your kids are or will be, Booker is all over social media. And his residents are too. Residents notified him via Twitter (@CoryBooker) of their inability to go out the front door and city plow drivers were instantly notified. When plows couldn’t get there fast enough, Booker hoofed it over with his own shovel. Among his rescues, the former Stanford football player dug out a NJ Transit bus.
His good deeds weren’t limited to shoveling. Time reports that one resident tweeted Cory Booker, saying his sister couldn’t get out to buy diapers. An hour later, Booker showed up, a bag of Pamper in one hand, his snow-covered superhero cape in the other (I made that cape part up).
He’s kept his humor, too, while braving the bitter cold. Here’s one of his tweets:
Just doug [sic] a car out on Springfield Ave and broke the cardinal rule: ‘Lift with your Knees!!’
Vanity Fair has a list of the best @Cory Booker tweets.
So as you are positioning your young ones to be a future leader, in addition to Mandarin lessons and public speaking, make sure they’ve got mad shoveling skillz. If you live in the sun belt, stick them behind a lawn mower once in awhile. Every kid should know how to plunge a toilet. You never know what the emergency is going to be — and superhero though he is, Booker can’t save us all!
Photo: rookie2veteran via Twitter