Miss President of the United States, Olivia!

Olivia keeps talking about “When I’m President of the United States.” I think it’s a great testament to the feminist movement that there has never been doubt in my daughter’s mind that it’s a possibility.

At the same time, though, she loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian. I asked her to reconcile this.

Future President/DVM

“I’ll live in the White House and have a vet clinic out back,” she answered. Like, obviously?

I told her I would love to have her as President right now, in fact. She has thought for years that being POTUS is akin to having a superpower and that the President must be omnipotent, omniscient, happy, and rich.

“If I got to be President right now, I’d buy you guys a house. But not right across the street,” she clarified.

“Why?” I whined. I have attachment issues.

“Because I don’t want you telling me to go to bed at 7:30 and that I can’t eat McFlurries,” said Olivia. 

“Fine. Who’s going to take care of you?” I questioned.

“The butler,” Olivia volleyed back.

“Is the butler going to tuck you in at night?” I returned.

Pause. “Well… I can Snapchat you,” she said slyly.

“So… from now on I don’t need to lie down with you when I tuck you in? I can just set my cell phone right here on the pillow?” I tested.

“I’m not President yet,” she reminded me.

Fair enough. I’d rather have all our bedtime tuck-ins than a new house, anyway.

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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