The backstory: It was Wednesday morning; the first day of school for new students and my first day meeting students and parents as the Middle School Assistant Principal. It's 7 am and I'm dressed like a grown up for the first time since mid-June. My feet already miss their customary flip flops. JT and I are driving to school and NPR is airing a story about the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on President Obama's request for congressional authorization to bomb Syria. I am listening to a conversation between Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Secretary of State John Kerry. While I am undecided on the wisdom of bombing Syria, I am not undecided on the wisdom of Rand Paul: he's an idiot.
Rand Paul: Blah, blah, blah….(unrelentingly critical of the Obama Administration with nary a clue as to what is actually happening in Syria, asserting wildly ridiculous notions with no trace of an interest in the facts).
Me: Seriously? You are an asshole. And you're stupid.
JT (in the reasoned voice one uses to calm the insane): Is this how it's gonna go today, Mama?