"All words are symbols that represent unspeakable realities. Which is also why words are magical." (Donald Miller tweet)

Monday, September 14, 2015

generations and dinosaurs

Our favourite almost-seven-year-old joined us for lunch today. He listened in on the grown-ups talking about generational differences.

It was mostly me talking.
I read this book on the weekend,
and couldn't stop myself
from prattling on about it.

A few minutes later, he asked his mom for some clarification. She explained, for example, that, "When Nana and Papa were little, there was no internet. It hadn't been invented yet. So they did different things and grew up differently than you."

I chose not to mention
that the Internet hadn't been invented
when I was growing up either. 

He nodded hesitantly.

She continued, "My grandma lived during the war. Remember we've talked about that?"

"Oh yeah," he said. "That was a long time ago, right? Like ... a looooong time ago?"

"Yes," she said, and he paused, thinking. 

And then, very earnestly, startling every Boomer at the table ...

"Was the war right after the dinosaurs,
or was there a little bit of time in between??!!!"

1 comment:

Linda Lou said...

Out of the mouth of Babes!! I have learned to appreciate my time here on Earth and hopefully my Grandchildren won't think i was around just after the dinosaurs!!hahahahaha I needed that this morning. Thanks.