This article originally appeared on 01.31.20
As the nation helplessly watches our highest halls of government toss justice to the wind, a 2nd grader has given us someplace to channel our frustrations. In a hilarious video rant, a youngster named Taylor shared a story that has folks ready to go to the mat for her and her beloved, pink, perfect attendance pencil.
Instagrammer @tabgeezy shared a video of her daughter telling the story of how she put her perfect attendance pencil—the pink one that she had legitimately earned—in the classroom box of pencils to be sharpened. But when she went to retrieve it from the sharpened pencils box, all she found were plain yellow pencils. That's because Lizzie—who, by the way, had not earned a perfect attendance pencil because she had gone to CANADA—was using it. And not only that, but Canada Lizzie then lost Taylor's pencil in her desk, and her teacher was no help.
You have to hear Taylor tell it to understand why this travesty of justice has gone viral.
If you think this pencil battle is of no consequence whatsoever, think again. People on Twitter got hold of the video, and folks are rallying behind Taylor as if that pink pencil is our democracy and Taylor and Lizzie are the House and Senate.
If somebody ever takes my child\u2019s perfect attendance pencil which SHE earned cuz she didn\u2019t even go to Canada, the entire school getting shut down.— riley wuz here (@riley wuz here) 1580451908
IS THERE NO JUSTICE IN THE WORLD— Charlotte Clymer \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Charlotte Clymer \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1580482234
"Lizzie" was trending on Twitter as people called out the little girl who went to CANADA and then dared to take Taylor's perfect attendance pencil.
Me and the crew showing up to school the next day looking for Lizzie and getting to ride out for Taylor\u2019s Perfect Attendance Pencil https://twitter.com/_FemGod/status/1223105472393121793\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/3Hw7ASVmpX— Matthew A. Cherry (@Matthew A. Cherry) 1580483395
All I am saying is that if Lizzy wanted a pink Perfect Attendance pencil then she shouldn't have gone to CANADA.\n\n#JusticeForThePencil— Gail Simone \ud83d\udc99\ud83d\udc9b (@Gail Simone \ud83d\udc99\ud83d\udc9b) 1580488889
There were some shout-outs to Taylor's classmate who understood what that pencil meant to her.
shout out to reece who was the only one who understood the gravity of the situation. don't let me see lizzie in the streets! https://twitter.com/_FemGod/status/1223105472393121793\u00a0\u2026— in charge of the girls (@in charge of the girls) 1580474444
But Taylor's teacher certainly wasn't getting any love.
Me writing an email to my baby\u2019s teacher saying that messy ass Lizzie better come up with a perfect attendance pencil or she\u2019s going to be going back to Canadapic.twitter.com/ZbcjpwBvUr— \u2728La Bruja Buena\u2728 (@\u2728La Bruja Buena\u2728) 1580474199
Twitter's collective reaction even started getting its own GIFs.
Twitter uniting to get her perfect attendance pencil back from Lizzie because she went to Canada and DID NOT earn it:pic.twitter.com/4U9qFgB6Jm— Sarah Guy (@Sarah Guy) 1580477370
People had so. many. feelings. about baby girl getting back her pencil, about the way her mom and teacher dismissed it as "just a pencil," and about poor little Lizzie who probably still doesn't understand what all the fuss is about.
Why do we care so much? Adorableness aside, we're all a little burned out on politics and the methodical dismantling of our country's checks and balances, so maybe getting charged up over an adorable little girl's pencil injustice somehow feels cathartic.
John Delaney dropped out of the race... Meh!\n\nThere\u2019s a Presidential impeachment... Yawn. \n\nSomeone stole a little girl\u2019s perfect attendance pencil. \n\nMe:pic.twitter.com/aXBot4y58G— AL (@AL) 1580478694
Hope you get your pencil back soon, Taylor. We all need a little glimmer of hope that justice can, indeed, prevail.