Earth day

Oct 11, 2008.

I left off yesterday speaking of teeth, and today Pen lost one of hers. Heiye had to be sent off to buy cloves for her to chew on, a necessary medical expense but expensive, nonetheless. I shall leave dreams of clove incense drifting on the night air for another day.

My son had a problem today, on his afternoon out. A young lady, about his age, kissed him. On the cheek, apparently.

“I don’t see why it matters,” Pen said. “I could get girls to kiss me if I wanted.”

“I’m doomed!” Pang said, eyes wide and wild.

Heiye turned his head away, hiding a smile, though I saw it.

“I’m going to break hearts wherever I go, leaving a trail of women behind me, forlorn,” Pang continued.

The rest of us got on with making dinner, while Pang continued to expound on his terrible fate.

“Bereft. Alone forever. With no hope of meeting anyone as first-rate, as brilliant, as splendid-” I admit he went on from there, but I cannot say as I remember any one thing more my lad said. When I suggested that perhaps he could find better uses of his vast wit than to praise himself all the livelong day, he drew himself up like a champion.

“Good day, lady mother,” he said, and with that, stalked off all the way to the other side of the room.

Comments (2)

EowynApril 17th, 2012 at 9:22 am

This is priceless. I love how she ends the story – “stalked off all the way to the other side of the room”. It really conveys the childish indignation he feels!

adminJune 24th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

His indignation is very grownup indignation. Very.

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