Both of these exchanges happened today with Landon. They go in that, "The World According to Landon" file that I like to add little stories to because I know if I don't write them down, I probably won't even remember them next month....and I'd really like to.
"Mom, do you know what is Russian War?"
What piece of current events has Landon been inadvertantly exposed to now? And how did that happen?
"Well, buddy...." I trail off, because I don't really want to give details to something as dark and confusing as war. "What do you think it is?" It's an old standby, but sometimes it helps to gauge where he's really at before I pull out my verbal textbook.
"A mountain. Carved with presidents in the rock. Do you know this?"
It turns out Landon merely wanted to find out if I knew about Mt. Rushmore. Not a Russian War.
Smiles and relief all around.
"Yes, buddy, I do know that about Mt. Rushmore. I'm glad you know it, too."
I have recently decided that the Tooth Fairy will get to spread her joy around here when the time comes. Landon very rarely, if ever, goes in for flights of fancy. (He's the one who told ME (very gently) that Santa Claus was not real) He is a lover of "true-fact" books and reality is in very sharp focus for him. I've mentioned how anytime we pretend anything together he frequently stops to remind me, "just for tends, Mom."
So when he asked me today if the tooth fairy was real, I told him he should just wait and find out. He didn't seem convinced, but wasn't going to push it.
I pulled out one of his library books from the basket. It was called Put Screws to the Test and showed a man using a large screw to drill a hole in an icy lake.
Trying to be funny I said, "I think this man is using this screw to find one of his lost teeth to give to the Tooth Fairy." And I was rewarded because he laughed.
"That's not true, Mom," he predictably replied. "Grown-ups don't lose teeth."
And then I laughed. Maybe the Tooth Fairy has a chance around here after all.