[Originally published on MySpace on July 21, 2010.]
On the way home from school today, my son Kor started in with one of his Epic Tragedy scenes. A craft he’d done at school came apart, and he expanded the mishap into major proportions, really workin’ the emotional aspect of it, saying he was never going to play with that craft again, nor any craft, nor anything that might be played with just in general ever again in his life forever amen. I watched him in the rearview mirror, in between bouts of dodging oncoming traffic. This penchant in him, which is relatively new, leaves me at somewhat of a loss between concern and not quite knowing what, if anything, to do. Then I had an inspiration: ask HIM what the hell he’s doing, instead of trying to guess. So I did.
Thea: Kor, why do you do that? Take something and make it bigger? (Shut up about him taking after his mother, okay? I don’t flaunt my internal turmoil in front of my son. Nice shot if you thought that, though. LOL!)
Korben: What thing?
Thea: The thing with your craft just now. You broke it, and now the whole world’s on fire and nothing will ever be worth anything again. What is that?
Korben: (stares at me in the rearview mirror–I can see that he’s at least forgotten about his Epic Tragedy for the moment)
Thea: Do you like being sad? (Thea immediately realizes this is too much of a leading question, since normally when he hears it the answer is already scripted for him just in the asking. So…) No, really, Kor. How do you feel when you do that? You getting something out of it? Does it feel kinda good to be sad?
Korben: (starts to smile unwillingly)
Thea: Well? What’s it like to be sad when you’re not really all that sad?
Korben: Thea? I’m only six. I’m a kid. I don’t know the answer.
Then the little bugger laughs uproariously.
WTF? That was pretty much a conversation stopper.
DO I HAVE THE MOST BRILLIANT KID, OR WHAT!?? ROTFLMFAO!!! Sneaky little yard ape. Dang, better change my number, cause Kor’s just about got the one I have now.
Enjoy! (you got anything better to do?)
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