Spiderman and His Ah-Mazing SisterWednesday, November 9, 2011
Me: What is the most amazing thing you?
Lucy: I go to Conner Prairie.
Me. No, I mean...what makes you special...cool?
Lucy: Oh, I put cool things on...like, you know, cool dresses and cool pants and cool shirts and cool gloves.
Me: And that's what makes you amazing?
Lucy: (smirking) Hmmm huh.
Teddy: As me!!!
Me: Teddy, what makes you amazing?
Teddy: I'm the REEEEAAAALLLL Spiderman! See! (He shoots imaginary webs at me) Like that! (He presses his hands against the wall) I can stick. (He commences to shooting us all with webs) Pssssss!
Me: When you feel sad, what cheers you up?
Lucy: I just go away from Bubby if he makes me feel sad.
Me: But what else cheers you up?
Lucy: Playing with bubby at the park.
Me: I don't think you understand this question.
Lucy: I do.
Me: Well...I get cheered up when...what cheers mommy up?
Lucy: Um, I think...hugging her.
Me: Chinese food. That's what I think.
Lucy: How do you know?
Me: Teddy? What cheers you up when you're sad?
Teddy: Chinese food.
Me: Do you have a boyfriend, Lucy?
Lucy: (shocked) No! I don't. My only boyfriend is Bubba...my baby brother. I don't have a real boyfriend. That would be silly.
Me: What is a boyfriend?
Lucy: It's a girl makes a boy a boyfriend...then they are friends...he's her boyfriend.
Me: That's it? They're not in love?
Lucy: They ARE in love!
Me: What does it mean to get married?
Lucy: I don't know, mama.
Me: Are mommy and daddy married?
Me: What's that mean?
Lucy: You guys keep being married...even on your day off.
Lucy walked out of the room and didn't come back. She said she was through with questions. Teddy was busy shooting things with webs anyway...trying not to pee his pants while he waited for the bathroom to become available. I'm certain that if I could see through his eyes, everything in the house would be covered in webs...including the monsterous bad guys that are only visible to him. Somewhere else in the house, Lucy is singing to herself...more than likely a song about how daddy will cheer mommy up with Chinese food....as she colors on one more page that will end up pinned haphazardly on the refrigerator door.
I'm sure there are 'big' things happening in the world today. Presidents and world leaders are pumping coffee in their veins as they try to wage war or make peace. Business men are sealing deals of a lifetime. Doctors are saving lives and watching others end. My mom is somewhere out there in a very important meeting...stressed, more than likely. The kids' dad is off to work with his newly pink faux-hawk...
And, yet, here I am sitting atop Lucy's bunk bed...coffee mug on my lap...train tracks all around me...imaginary webs tangled in my hair...and somehow, I think I just might have the best outlook on this world from my perch of pink, stuffed bunnies and Tinker Bell blankets.
PS: Teddy got tired of waiting for the bathroom to become available, so he went and got a cup. Yeah. THAT just happened. With the wet pants crisis avoided, regular programing of web-slinging has begun once again.