The wisdom of children
"Duzie?" Pinky waved at her granddaughter. "Come on in and sit with us. But you have to be still. Do you have your coloring book?"
Pinky frowned. "Are you in trouble?"
"Mommy is mad."
"No, at the government." The child edged into the room and sat on the sofa opposite me.
"She's finally showing a little sense." Pinky turned back to the serious business. "Three hearts."
Left alone with me, Duzie edged towards my end of the sofa. I tried to look less menacing than usual. Her gaze dared to meet mine.
I couldn't resist. "Sorry your mom is mad. Tell me, though. What did the government do?"
"Nothing. She says they're useless."
Not the first time I've heard that one. "What is it that the government is supposed to do?"
She thought a moment. "Keep the sky from falling."
Good answer. "They're supposed to, anyway."
Silence again reigned. I have no experience with kids, and I always feel awkward around them because I don't seem to have the default "mommy" vibe that puts them at ease or the "teacher" vibe that makes them wait for instructions. I didn't want to ask what she got for Christmas because I was afraid she'd had a lean year, as we had. I blurted out another question. "Why does it get dark at night?"
She knew right away. It perked her up. "The sun gets tired. It goes down into the ground and hides. Then the moon wakes up and sucks all the light out of the sky. He glows until he gets tired. Then he goes away and by morning the sun is all right again, so it gets up and that's how the day starts."
It's really a pretty good explanation. I think I sense a future writer.
"Did you learn all this in school?"
"Nuh-uh." She looked disgusted. "They don't tell us anything I don't already know from preschool. I figured all of it out by myself."
The next time I have a really tough question, I know where I'm going for an answer.
Mama's team or partnership or whatever it is lost. I don't think bridge makes any sense at all. There's some sort of code in bidding, and it appears to be a liars' game. But they seem to enjoy it, and it's an excuse for their getting together. Plus I got rid of the last of that red velvet Bundt cake and the chocolate peppermint cookies, both of which were raising my blood sugar something awful.
Now if I can only get rid of this sinus infection.