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The Boy Teacher and the Father Student 19 (Dodge Ball to China to Plagiarism)
I Was So Much Older Then, I Am Younger Than That Now.
Second Graders Work Their Brains Really Hard
Sometimes the immediate conversations do not yield much for this series as the young boy fires a barrage of questions at you that have nothing to do with anything you were previously talking about. To me this is a bonus in life. You get to get into all kinds of hair brained ideas in a simple walk home from school.
I try to meditate every day. Nothing fancy just sitting with proper posture, deep breathing and clearing the mind of the clutter. Truth be told my little mind jumps around faster than my sons. Over time I have just learned to turn off the switch that goes directly to my mouth. Works for me, but should not be part of a young child’s lexicon outside of school. So off we go.
B: Dad is it ok to throw the ball hard at someone when we play dodge ball? I mean like up high.
D: You have me confused Gabe I thought that was exactly the way to play.
B: Yes but you could really hurt them.
D: Come on. I know you know how to pick and roll in B-Ball. And there is slamming going on. Soccer is the same kind of deal. Dodge ball has the same kind of risks. But if you want to win you throw hard and fast at the guy’s chest because that is the best target.
B: I guess that’s why we use “gator balls”.
D: Sorry son but is that really what they call them? Hold on while I laugh my butt off.
B: What is so funny?
D: Never mind.
B: We have a lot of stuff made in China. Like even this “Spinner” Jake gave me is from China.
D: What do you think about that?
B: I think it is weird. Why don’t we just make them?
D: Is the stuff from China better or worse than the stuff made here?
B: Especially toys – no way. They break.
D: That is called quality assurance. And that means that they have a system in place to make sure (assure) that the stuff is of good quality. That costs lots and lots of money. China just won’t make it a habit. We do. Think of it like how we, your mom and I and your teacher, proofread your work to make sure it is right. Same thing.
B: That stinks.
D: Who is the top boss?
B: Donald Trump.
D: Well he agrees with you. Where does the garbage go?
The End of Another Great Day
Dumping and Stealing
B: To the dump in those cool trucks.
D: Dumping is also what we call it when folks sell us bad stuff.
B: I know this is weird but I kind of like the smell of garbage.
D: That is strange, maybe you should be one of those guys that get the stuff like cans and bottles out of garbage cans on the street.
B: That is for poor people.
D: So you think and so they look but some of those guys make around 100$ a day.
D: You know those guys in the middle of the street, we call the median, begging. On real good days some of those guys make over 150$ a day, in a good spot and like around other people’s payday.
B: Mom does not have a payday, she just always has money to give them.
D: Mom has paydays it is all electronic. It goes from her bosses account to hers through the internet.
B: Oh so that is how she buys stuff from Amazon.
D: How do you know about Amazon?
B: I read the labels on packages to try to figure out if it is for me. Because mom sometimes lets me pick out something from there.
B: Did you know that big telescopes use mirrors? It is really cool.
D: I grew up about a mile away from where a guy named Percival Lowell discovered Pluto with a telescope with mirrors. Today Flagstaff does not have residential street lights. It is one of the darkest cities in the world. Most people use flashlights to go for walks at night.
B: No way that is cray cray. But I get it, it is so you can see stars at night. We should do that. But then you could not see bad guys. And it would be too scary to cross the street. Hey now I get it “doing good things comes with a price”, that is what you say all the time.
D: But where did you get that?
B: From a book. Or maybe a cartoon, that old guy on Ninjago. You can learn a lot from cartoons.
D: That is a fact, Amen.
B: What does Amen mean anyway?
D: Basically that you really agree with something.
B: I don’t think I will use it in school or with my friends, they would think that I am weird because you only say Amen in church.
D: Hey is that guy still cheating by taking answers off your tests?
D: What do you think of people stealing other people’s work?
B: Cheating is not stealing. Oh wait yes it is. Now I get it, that is what you mean when you get all mad that someone writes what you wrote. But you said you should not get mad because your sermons are for everyone. And once you told me that you stole it from the Bible.
D: Well when you put it altogether like that, I will have to think about it.
Be Happy, Be Crazy
B: Hey my Sunday school teacher said that getting mad at someone is an offense to God. I don’t think God gets offended. He loves us too much.
D: And who do we love?
D: Figure that one out all by yourself.
B: That will give me a headache.
D: Who told you that thinking too hard will give you a headache?
B: You. Oh that is one of those where you do not mean what you say. That sounds like lying to me.
D: Another time on that one.
D: Why do you keep skipping?
B: Cuz its fun. And it makes you happy.
D: Oh I thought you did it because you were happy.
B: Both. Like smiling.
B: Hey I do not have any homework for summer break.
D: You mean Spring break?
B: Ya, Ms. Seagal said that we are to read for twenty minutes a day and be nice to our family.
D: The principal came and told you that?
B: No she used the public address system. You know what that is, right?
D: Wow you are smart to know that.
B: Knowing what you are taught does not make you smart dad. It just means that you remember.
D: I don’t like that. I forget stuff all the time.
B: That’s OK because you are old.
D: Thanks a lot.
B: I am going to run the rest of the way home.
D: Thank God, you are wearing me out.
B: You always say that.
D: Because it is true.
B: See you at home old man.
Now if you are a normal person that conversation will make you crazy. That is part of the purpose here. Children’s minds, if allowed, are directly hotwired to the mouth. With no filter. Keeping up with them mentally is a challenge. I suggest it is a great dementia prevention method.
But it takes time and effort. And like when you get a jingle stuck in your head for a day, the questions stick with you and you replay them time and time again. Well it is a “cray cray” world up in our heads.
© 2018 Eric Dierker