Kathy Hedberg, my former Lewiston Tribune buddy, compares political conventions to summer camps:
Conventions are the adult equivalent of youth summer camp. It's a time to get away to an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people and learn unfamiliar things, some of which might actually be useful later in life.
I remember as a kid we were always a little apprehensive about being sent off to summer camp. Most kids have a deep inner fear that while they're off learning to canoe or weave baskets or whatever at summer camp, their parents are back home planning to secretly move away and not leave a forwarding address.
I do not actually know any kid that this happened to, but the idea remains in the back of our minds, especially after we become parents and send our own children away to summer camp and realize how easy it would be.
Of course, that is not the way we solve problems around here. Most of us, anyway.
Conventions tend to trigger the same unease, even though we are now adults and we have credit cards and know how to get back home on our own. More here.
Question: Have you ever been to a political convention?