The Fledgling Sparrow was working away at the computer the other day, slogging out a paper for her English class. I was sitting over on the couch, reading the newspaper. She looks across the room at me and says "Mom, are there still idealists in today's world?"
"Of course," I respond, somewhat surprised.
"Well," she asks, "can you give me a definition or example of one?"
"Easily," I say. "An idealist is a person who firmly believes that Bush stole the election, but still thinks that a woman or a black guy have a good shot at becoming president."