Monday, March 2, 2015

Josefina Talks About "Older People"

Josefina: "So it's mostly older people who live in this house."

Me: (Surprised by this unprovoked declaration) "Huh? What do you mean?"

Her: "Oh you know, John Paul, Agnese, Lucia...."

Me: "Haha, okay, I see what you mean. Older people, yes indeed, this house is full of really old people.... But what about Teresa?"

Her: "Well, sometimes she's older."

Me: "And of course your mommy and daddy don't even enter into consideration for this category. Mommy and Daddy are like beyond the horizon of any kind of oldness that you can possibly conceive!"

Her: Looks at me like 'I-don't-understand-what-you're-talking-about-but-I-know-you're-being-silly.'

     ...I thought about this for a moment and then I continued...

Me: "But wait, what about Daddy? Daddy is a grownup but he acts like a kid sometimes, right?"

Her: "Yes. You're the only grownup I've ever seen who acts like a kid!"

Me: "Well, I'm sure other little girls think their daddies act like kids sometimes, too."

I hope they do!


José Tomás said...

You are right. I do that with my daughters. All the time.

And I do that in public. Last saturday, I was playing hide-an-seek with the 2-y-o inside a shop in the airport.

Sometimes, after the fact, I catch myself wondering if I am the only guy to do that. I cannot remember other guys doing that in public.

But I have always done this, and with no self-awareness altogether. As I said, I only wonder about that seldom, and always (very) after the fact. Do other dads feel ridiculous? I don't know, I never did!


John Janaro said...

I think it's very natural, Jose. God bless you and your daughters and your family!