Earth day

A conversation that summarizes this day occured at lunch, while Pang clung to my skirts.

“I’ll protect you, mama.”

I stroked his hair. “I have your father for that.”

“But who protects you from him?” he asked.

“Who told you I needed protection from my husband?” At the time, I expected him to blame one of my party guests. I wronged them.

“Master Akath. He says military men are vi’lent and brutish.”

“Violent, dear. You aren’t a peasant.”

“Violent and bruteish, mama.”

“Well, he is a very silly man and believes silly things. Your father is the gentlest man I know.”

“Yes, mama.”

Incidents yesterday still disturb me.

Pen told her brother, “You believed him? He lies about everything.”

I had to tell her to be respectful of her brother and her teachers, but it is an accurate summation of her tutor’s character.

Comments (2)

llubnekMay 24th, 2009 at 1:01 am

no “e” in “brutish”.

adminMay 24th, 2009 at 1:07 am

Fixed.

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