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The Boy Teach and the Father Student # 85 The Interview

Updated on May 27, 2020
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Eric started working with children when he was still one himself. He taught first aid through Scouting. All the way to preaching to youth.


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Tending to Changes

We are into our 3rd month of a stay home directive from powers to be. Notice I did not say directly elected people. Makes no difference here. My wife just up and lost her job as they could not take the hit and closed her store. She is so tiny she is on a diet to gain weight. So getting real sick would be real bad. Me, I just have a little cancer and am over 60 so my immune system, they call it compromised. That is so rude to call someone “compromised”. How about I compromise them. We are at about at 80% certain mode that my 10 year old had it in December and I in March. All to the good I reckon.

So I said to the boy let us both answer questions alone. Same questions and just our independent answers. I am about to embark on this craziness. Let us see where it takes us. I have one hard and fast rule – “there are no rules”. For the moment things will have to wait. Mom is riding the boy’s bike around the yard in pink slippers and pajamas.

Now let us pass some time waiting for the interviews. I have a good stay safe job. I am on the emergency list with food distribution places. OK 100% churches and their pantries. Of course they have all the help they need. Except at least four days a week someone does not make it. My car is outfitted with extra gloves and masks and spray and wipes of the industrial sort. When folks were buying hand sanitizer I was buying weapons grade kill everything stuff. Lotion is easy out of my garden. Aloe of course being the go to.

So I get all the food I and my family can eat. So that is a big Duh! We take the Filipino ladies from the Naval Base and the ancient Vietnamese ladies from the church and bring them food. They just love it and the kitchens are rockin’ and rolling. Combine this with their home gardens and food even on the seconds is going to waste. So those down in the grapevines get their fill, not of groceries but full on home cooked meals. Another break here as I have to run some pots and pans over to Auntie as she is running low. My wife buys them up, so there is little cross contamination.

I am telling you, life around here is hard as nails. Time also to plant the summer garden 1. Yes our seasons do not end in the desert, we just swap crops.

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So you are getting these straight from my boy’s pen. You think it is easy raising a 10 year old? He is a smarty pants to beat all smarty pants. 10 questions and this is what he came up with. We both answer them, hopefully not too confusing.

Q. What is a cupcake?

B: A small cake

F: A round package of sugar laden death for old men.

Q. What is a bigger cupcake?

B: A bigger small cake.

D: More weight gain.

Q. What is an even bigger cupcake?

B: A cake.

F: Too much trouble to make.

Q. What does the word “ask” mean?

B: Who knows?

F: Something you never do unless you want something.

Q. What is your favorite car?

B: Don’t have one.

F: The one we have.

Q. What is a “slug” when you have a horse?

B: A very very very slow horse.

F: A son.

Q. What is the moon made of?

B: Obviously cheese?

F: A man’s face.

Q. Why am I writing these questions?

B: I don’t know.

F: Because I want to see into your scramble brain thank you.

Q. What is dirt.

B: Baby rocks.

F: Something to get you dirty.

Q. What is cheese?

B: Yellow stuff that is not liquid.

F: One of my favorite foods.

Now if that sounds all over the place and strange. Welcome to the world of having a pre-teen. Oh you can look back 4 years and see his questions and then see them now and then know that in teenage years they will be all about him. Such is life. Today it is like a - well I do not know. But the boy can multiply 3 fractions in a row by himself. Try it 13/14 x 7/14 x 12/3. You have me there. But his mom is learning with him during this stay at home deal. Hey but I can teach how to catch a ball behind his back. (yes that is good for nothing, but so is the multiplication of 3 fractions) Hmmm. Mental and physical acuity?

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F: Son what do you think about the shut down now?

B: I can’t believe you and mom are getting along so well.

F: Fair enough, me too.

F: I wonder how that works. It is hard being stuck with each other all the time.

B: I think work used to stress mom out.

F: That is funny in a weird way because for the first 5 weeks or so, not working stressed her out.

B: I know that change freaks people out some of the time, like you.

F: Yes but I am handicapped when it comes to change. It is wrong to move furniture around on a blind man.

B: Dad you are not blind.

F: More than two types of blind son.

B: No lecture please. Like being blind to love. You say that too much.

F: You know the rule. I only repeat stuff to remember them myself.

B: I do that with stuff I need to remember like feeding the fish.

F: There are more than two types of feeding. Hihihi

B: Dad how can you get stranger every day?

F: Ha ha ha. That is why I make more money than you. I am not getting stranger you are just getting smarter so you notice my strange more. You used to think I was normal. I did not change, you did. Back to Blind, you were blind to my crazy.

B: OK dad you are doing it again. And how do you do that? What do you call it? “bringing it back around again”. Like what you said 5 minutes ago now makes more sense?

F: Sorry but being a dad of over 30 years, a preacher and a trial attorney you learn that what you say in your opening has to make sense in your closing. I like the word “purpose”.

B: Now I know what Addy was talking about. You really do not talk for fun.

F: You busted me there. I suppose I am selfish in that way. It is fun for me.

B: Ya, you are irritating to the rest of us. Sorry that was mean.

F: You could have said it nicer but the truth itself is not mean it is freedom, not just for you but for others around you.

B: Dad you are to serious today. Lighten up and laugh.

And so the beat goes on. We think of children reaching up to understand the world when we should, just maybe, be looking down for insights and understanding. If you know those kind of answers let me know. I am going out to garden. I hope my tomatoes are as good as las year.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Bill and a pray for your uncompromising. He is developing asserting himself. Example is the only real teacher I note - both ways.

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      William Kovacic 

      13 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      So sorry to hear you're compromised. Me, too. It must be an "over 60" thing. As always, I enjoyed the conversation. The kid sees a lot we miss - at least I do.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Mary, our life is surely a blessing.

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      Mary Norton 

      14 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eric, you seem to have so much fun with your son even in this lockdown. It's a great way to raise him up.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish it is always good to hear from you thank you. I am happy that my son is learning how to have a disagreement and talk it through in a civil manner. Or do I mean I am happy that my wife and I are learning to have a disagreement and talk it through in a civil manner? I guess it does not matter :-)

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      14 months ago from USA

      If you’re cranking on 80% I can’t imagine what 100 would look like. Too dangerous. Seems like a fun and wacky household!

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      Clive Williams 

      14 months ago from Jamaica

      Cancer beater? welcome to the club wifey

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Manatita. Detoxifying is critical. They have come a long ways in this area.

      An interesting note on this is that the "stay at home" issues have made procuring non-toxic things harder. They are labor intensive and have little "shelf" life.

      Also Oncology appointments with doctors were no essential. No worries here.

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      14 months ago from london

      You are probably not too far from Dr Buttar. He is a surgeon of some 38 years standing and his team specialize in natural medicine also. They seem to cure many chronic ailments, including Cancer. Look him up. Dr

      More recently he seems to be engaged in a fight to save the planet from greed and injustice from big Pharma and co. You do not have to involved in this.

      They are great clinicians and may be able to help you. They will send you a form and you will need to visit them. If they are not in CA, then perhaps Carolina North. Peace.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim you just reminded me of the 5 outstanding gentlemen I had the pleasure to help raise. And now my Gabe. I get goosebumps just thinking about the pleasure that God has given me.

      "Gabe what is you favorite Bible story today?" The wine at the wedding one. "Why?" It was the best wine in the whole world!

      Hmm. I have to think on that.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita were are complaining at 90 degrees F. And All that means is water fight time!!!

      I must say you made me giggle at myself. I just thought that I "have not beat it yet". What hogwash, I get to beat it everyday, with the love from friends like you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, all hands at the ready. I will bet you were watching something on the old black and white on July 20, 1969. Well today Gabe is having trouble deciding whether to be an astronaut or the POTUS. But we learned that neither really gets to do whatever they want to. (next launch attempt Saturday around noon)

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      Tim Truzy 

      14 months ago from U.S.A.

      Funny and true. Your son is truly insightful, Eric. He gets that from dad, mom, and God, of course. I suspect Gabe will be having these loving, humorous, and caring conversations with his dad for years to come. We pray so because I always smile thinking about children I've helped and my own when I spend some time with your work. God bless you and your wonderful family.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika. Sometimes I do not know if we take it easy or hard. But we love the results and each other.

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      14 months ago from london

      The weather's fine my way and where you are it should be even better! So good for tomatoes. Sorry that your wife lost her job. Now you can write a book called 'Beating Cancer.' would be a bestseller, methinks.

      Good old Johnny Cash, eh. Great music for healing at this time.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, you hit the nail on the head. What a blessing! He did an hour of Zoom Class time this morning. And now he and his mom are off to pick up some core material. Meanwhile they will get food. We pre-paid a nutritious meal program back in Feb. And so they ply us with food. And with the situation he is sleeping a full 10 hours. We will work on "Flag patterns" today in football. Life is so good with a 10 year old as the master.

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      Linda Lum 

      14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      "I'm not getting stranger, you're getting smarter." That young man of yours is wise beyond his years. On these pages, we've witnessed him growing up. What a blessing. Thank you for sharing your lovely family with us.

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      Devika Primić 

      14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and lots to work on here from your enlightening hub.Life's lessons sounds to easy here.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      14 months ago from Sunny Florida

      When I read your articles about your conversations with your precocious son I smile the whole time. They are entertaining to say te least and ver enjoyable. Your are blessed.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada my friend. That comment did not surprise me but made me pray in gratitude. Two dominant people in the same house sequestered for months? All I can say is that it must be love.

      The raw local sugar in my Himalayan Green Tea is getting me charged up for the day.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      KC you are so right. Thank you for your comment and read. Yesterday we were laughing about Simon Peter lopping off an ear. "The dummy still didn't get it". Life is good.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      I have always enjoyed this insightful conversation, between the boy teacher and the father. And how wonderful, that this is your 85 th in the series.

      I loved the boy's response, --I can't believe, you and mom are getting along so well.

      How sweet! The kids love their parents in a happy and loving mood.

      God bless and thanks for sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, good on you if you have a little one like this. Cherish.

      This is how good it gets. I wiped the dirt from my hands and the sweat, from all over (a little humid this morning). Cup of coffee and sit down to write. The boy up in a bit to feed our animals.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill my man the sun is not shining yet but I already dug a ditch (small one for the garden) and did some trimming on the windows. This is the good life!

      Now go change the world -- or at least our piece, by a piece on the farm.

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      KC McGee 

      14 months ago from Where I belong

      Hi Eric,

      Yes, it's amazing how much we learn from are young children. And often times it's really funny . Great article, I loved it.

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Deep and meaningful....and I learn a lot reading your interview with Gabe. He sounds a bit like one of my grandsons in fact. Keep loving and learning, Eric.

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      Bill Holland 

      14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's one smart boy you've got. The dad ain't no dummy, either.

      Life is good here. No guilt in that statement. We earned it, we work at it, and here we are, livin' the dream in the midst of chaos.

      Such is life, eh?

      Take care, buddy!


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