Despite earning fifteen percent of the popular vote in the Minnesota Republican primary earlier this year, Ron Paul was not allowed to speak at the state Republican convention last week in Rochester. However, we were excited beyond words to actually meet him after hearing his message in Mayo Memorial Park two Fridays ago. I felt starstruck, and I wasn't standing next to a rockstar or my favorite actor; I was posing for a picture next to a presidential hopeful, one of the most brilliant visionaries of our time.
We waited patiently for our turn as Dr. Paul signed copy after copy of his book. Finally, it was our turn! Ron Paul motioned for us to come closer, and he asked the boys, "Where did you get that great hair?" Then he looked at me (and maybe also looked at Troy's shaven head) and said, "Your mom?" and for once I was one hundred percent happy with my natural curlier-every-year hair. After our picture, Dr. Paul held up both of his hands in the direction of Max and Mitch and smiled at them, then everyone else, announcing, "These children are the future of America!"