I like to think that Mike and I are relatively bright people. I'm not saying we're genius or anything, but we're not idiots either. However, Warren has reached that age when he asks questions he'd like some sort of answer to. And he commits the answers we give him to memory. So we have to either be right, or very convincing. And you know what? Neither Mike nor I can remember much from grade school. Example...
W: I thought you said we'd decide on that dining room table today and go buy it.
Me: I know, but daddy thought maybe we should wait until we do our taxes.
W: What are taxes?
Me: Well, you know how daddy gets a paycheck from his work? They take some money out called taxes, and it goes to the government.
W: What's the government?
Me: Um, the president is in charge of the government and he helps use the tax money to pay for schools and fix roads and lots of other stuff.
W: Who's the president?
Me: George Bush. Next year, daddy and I get to vote for a new president.
W: I thought you would say George Washington. He's on money!
Me: George Washington was the first president. And that was a long time ago.
W: Like when you and daddy were little?
Mike: No one we know alive now was alive when George Washington was president.
W: Will the new guy be on money?
Me: I doubt it. You have to be really good, and it takes a long time to get yourself on money.
W: Who was the next president? After George Washington?
Me: Um... Thomas Jefferson?
Mike: I think it was John Adams.
Me: I'm not sure. That might be right. You know Warren, in school you'll take a class called history where you will learn ALL of this. All the presidents, things like the first guy on the moon.
Mike: Who was the first guy on the moon?
Me: I don't know, John Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin.
Mike: laughing we don't know ANYTHING!
And off Mike went to scour the internet. He returned in minutes praising the world wide web and holding a printout in order of all the presidents for Warren. He showed Warren that there was a president with his name - Warren Harding (1921-1923). He informed me that it was Neil Armstrong and Buzz was right behind him when it came to landing on the moon. We then assured Warren that we could hook him up with information anytime from the internet or the library.
I'm pretty sure Warren is now questioning how we even function. Ahh youth. I'm going to see if I can find a History for Dummies book before Warren starts first grade! Wait until he finds out about Al Gore inventing the internet!
**Have a wonderful, safe New Year's Eve! See you in '08!***