The Things They Say

We gather on the couch for Sunday Reading; me and two little boys.

Littlest boy perches high on the arm of the couch. Suddenly, I hear a fierce whisper in my ear… Pressed close.

“Is it 102 days until my birthday?” He asks eager, his whisper is wet and loud.

I pause.

“102 days. Where did you get 102 days? Did you count the days?” I ask. I truly don’t know how many days until his birthday- I suspect it is more than 102 but I have been wrong before and I have not personally counted. There is a very real possibility that this child did.

“No… because 102 is very, very, very far away.” He whispers urgently. He just picked the biggest, most far away number he could imagine.

I laugh.

The Things They Say.