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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
This evening I went to my friend Melinda's for a glass of wine. They have a house full of little kids. And one of them came running up to tell us that Melinda's husband had used the bathroom.
"He needs a stamp!" the girl was insisting.
Melinda did not understand.
It turned out that in kindergarten whenever one of the kids uses the bathroom the kid is rewarded with a stamp. Mike needed a stamp as a reward for using the bathroom.
Hahahahahaaa! Next one of the little boys came solemnly into the room. He said he had found some money and he wanted me to have it.
"No, Holden, you should have it," I said.
"No, you should," he said. He put it on the coffee table in front of me. It was a dime and a penny. He looked up at me with these big blue eyes and said, "Now you can buy whatever you want."
What hilarious darling kids!
Looking back on this day it seems long. I started it out listening to Leonard Pennario playing Schumann, remember? I ate some leftover chicken stew from last night. I packed up our lunches.
I took the laundry out of the washer and sorted it. Howard was late waking up so while he was still lying in bed I woke him up by just talking and talking, mostly about the laundry.
I went to work. What did I listen to on the way to work? I listened to this lute player I have on this new CD, whose name I forget, singing Stephen Foster songs. Tom Bauerle was on WBEN talking about things your teachers used to say to you.
My teacher ...
... would say: "You'd forget your head if it wasn't attached." That is still true!
And: "If you swallow your gum it'll take seven years to digest."
And: "Tell the truth and shame the devil."
And, when you were griping: "Offer it up."
All these things coming back to me! All because I sat down, for the heck of it, and started to write.
It is fun to go over your day and list all the little things you remember.