I’ve been so uninspired to blog lately. Very unlike me. But I can’t let this story pass without recording it for posterity.
A~ came to me tonight and asked, “Did I ever tell you I once challenged a boy to fight?”
“Umm . . . NO,” I said. “When was this?”
“A couple of years ago.”
“And where did this happen?” I asked.
In my mind I’m running through the places where she would have been around boys: church, martial arts, that’s it. So I’m thinking she probably challenged a boy in her martial arts class to spar and now, tonight, since she just watched Kung Fu Panda, she is feeling all bad a . . . hem about it all and is making it sound bigger than it was.
“Grandma’s house,” she replied.
Do I have your attention? Because she certainly had mine. I don’t exactly send my kids to Grandma’s house to brawl with some random boy.
But it wasn’t some random boy. She continued to explain that M~ (one of her cousins’ other cousins) was over and he kept calling L~ names. She told him to stop calling her sister names, and he didn’t, so she told him she wanted to fight him.
I about fell off my kitchen stool.
“So he said, ‘fine,’ he’d fight me,” she told me, “and we went outside.”
Where. are. my. smelling salts?????? My DAUGHTER went outside to fight!!!! My book smart, street stupid daughter had enough sense to go OUTSIDE to fight!!! It was quite a mix of horror and pride there, because she usually exhibits the common sense of a fruit fly (I’m just being honest here people, so don’t shoot the messenger).
“But once we got outside he said he had to go to the bathroom, so he went inside and he never came back out,” she concluded.
As she sees my eyes looking grotesquely disproportionate to the rest of my head she hurriedly reassures me that she was much younger then, and she knows better now, and she would never challenge someone to fight again.
I’m taking her at her word. I think. I’m suddenly not sure who this child is. I guess, at least, she’s not the child who had to pee.
And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt isn’t sure what to say.