Out of Africa

Nathan (enters, stage left): “Tell Simon that America is part of Texas!”

Me: “Sweetie, Texas is part of America. It is one of the states. We’ll look at the map in the morning.*”

Nathan exits, stage left

Simon enters, stage left: “In what way is Africa a part of America?”

Me: “It isn’t.”

Simon (fighting tears): “Mama mia! Nathan said you said it was!”

Simon exits, stage left

(muffled sounds of arguing from the bedroom)

*This scene takes place a full hour past bedtime. Nathan is 4; Simon barely 8.

8 comments for “Out of Africa

  1. April 30, 2006 at 11:07 pm

    A four-year-old that says, “Mama mia!” must be a hoot.

  2. El Jefe
    April 30, 2006 at 11:33 pm

    Poor African Americans. They have to carry the burden of discrimination even in conversations whith an 8 year old.

  3. DKL
    April 30, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    Very funny. Reminds me of a bunch of fake factiods in The Onion pretending to be a “Did you know?” piece on Canada. Among the bullet points was, “Canada is The Maple Leaf State”

  4. annegb
    May 1, 2006 at 12:51 am

    Julie, I think you’ve missed your calling. You should be a comedian.

  5. Seth R.
    May 1, 2006 at 10:01 am

    Alas, for another two years at least, America is indeed, in some small way “a part of Texas.”

  6. May 1, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    At least your kids keep it clean. My kids had a discussion on the intriguing theological and scientific topic of “Does God poop? and if so, what are meteors?”

  7. Chance
    May 1, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    Just a snippit of a conversation 5 year-old Tyler had with his friend Wyatt:

    Tyler: Would you be said if bad guys killed your papa? (btw, he calls me dad, not sure where papa came from)

    Wyatt: That won’t happen.

    Tyler: Why?

    Wyatt: Because the Statue of Liberty makes the bad guys stay in their houses.

    Another Tyler remark one night: Dad! I like my pajamas, the insides of them are white just like milk.

    He’s smart, I solemly affirm he is smart.

  8. May 1, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Edje, the eight-year-old said, “Mama mia”.

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