I had just had a root canal when I got this text, and I straight up guffawed, out loud. I couldn’t help laughing in spite of the pain.
Saturday morning started out as usual – John John being peckish from the word Go. He ate a purple pluot while the remainder of breakfast was being made.
“Mama, this pluot is made from grapes,” he told me.
“Hmm,” I said, “Weird.”
John responded more appropriately, “You mean it’s a similar color to grapes.”
“Yeah,” said John John.
Then he watched me at the stove from a stool for awhile. After a bit he said, “I don’t feel good, Mama,” in the most normal voice. He didn’t seem like he didn’t feel good, so I asked him, “Why do you think you don’t feel good?”
“It’s because I ate too many bugs!”
He wasn’t sick, by the way. Moments after eating a hearty breakfast, he was dancing around like a crazy bird flapping to Mendelssohn.
Speaking of birds, on Sunday morning, also during the breakfast making ritual, he says to John, “Papa, you know the one where the pigeon turns into a black pigeon at the end?”
“No,” said John, “Which one?”
“The one where the pigeon turns into a black pigeon at the end when the music stops.”
“I don’t have any idea what you are talking about,” John said.
“I don’t have any idea, too,” was John John’s reply.
I did, but I kept that to myself because of the cuteness.
We were getting food plated for dinner. John John was super antsy, due to hunger and being almost 3 years old. He found my phone. He touched buttons until he found a photo app. He took pictures. I let him because, even if an iPhone was ruined, at least dinner would be served. Little did I know that he would capture everything so beautifully. I’ll be happy to remember dinner this way forevermore.
Treasure Column, Tuesday May 10th, 10am-2pm
On Tuesday May 10th, I presented a Mayhem special about Treasure Column, the YouTube bot programmed by Derek Arnold. Earl Grey helped me to stream Treasure Column videos at live.kfjc.org along with the broadcast, which featured interview and mic breaks with Treasure Column underneath. Derek told me about why he wrote Treasure Column, his methods, and about finding one of his video sources out in the world.
Streams live until May 25th, 2016.