W.C. Fields allegedly said he’d never be on the same stage with children and pet dogs. He recognized you can’t compete with kids, not to mention Chihuahuas. So, who better to lobby for children than children themselves.
Maryland Family Support Network
With that in mind, every year, the Maryland Family Support Network) brings parents, staff, and children from its statewide constituencies to meet with legislators and ask for their support of bills promoting families and children. This year, I accompanied a small group from a family support center in Montgomery County on their visits to their state delegates and senators.
Children Steal the Show
The children, as expected, stole the show. They handed out literature that describes the array of services provided by the Maryland Family Support Network that includes helping parents find childcare, overseeing Family Support Centers, and providing training to these centers. In addition, the nonprofit actively advocates for public policies that support services for children from birth to kindergarten.
The day also included an assembly/rally with the children, parents and staffs of daycare centers and family support centers. Performers kept the children entertained and several legislators spoke on the importance of current legislation and maintaining funding levels for education and health programs.
Finger on the Shutter
For a photographer, the day served up a feast of adorable kid photos. Everywhere I turned there were kids hugging, dancing, singing, and crying. For me, it was like photographing a wedding, or the dancing at a wedding. My right index finger was practically clued to the shutter button. Some of my favorite images from the day were the ones that showed interaction with children and their parents or with the legislators. These images got to the heart, literally and figuratively, of what the day was about. Children were drawing on the bond between their caretakers and those whose policies affect them. W.C. Fields must have been speaking from experience.