Can an iced tea stand be a political bellwether? By Gena Oppenheim (Writer)
One of my favorite things about my new neighborhood is the abundance of stoop lemonade/cookie stands. Manned by New Yorkest finest (the under-10 set), they are almost always in support of some pretty amazing causes. Highlights have been, “Lemonade for Lucy” to raise funds for pet bunny's surgery, and “Doughnuts for Darfur.” This weekend, however, I encountered my favorite stand to date. Run by two eight-ish year-old girls, I was immediately drawn in by their “Iced Tea Party” sign.
ME: Hi guys, what kind of tea do you have?
GIRL 1: Romney or Obama flavored.
ME: Um, okay, what are the differences?
GIRL 2: Romney is unsweetened Liptons, and Obama is honey green tea.
ME: What’s more popular?
GIRL 2: Well, we only have one cup left of Obama and a whole jug of Romney.
GIRL 1: It’s Brooklyn. People don’t like things without flavor.
GENA OPPENHEIM Gena is a fourth generation New Yorker who teaches second-grade. She is a graduate of Barnard College and received her MFA from NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. http://twitter.com/#!/genabeans