Thursday, April 26, 2007

File Under: Kids Say The Darndest Things

My son and I were walking out of my son's school yesterday afternoon after his violin lesson. As we walked down the stairs, we both noticed coming toward us the mother of one of my son's classmates.

"Hi, how are you?" I said, trying frantically to remember both her name and the name of her daughter.

"Fine, how are you?" she replied.

To which my son replied: "Rebecca told me that you were getting divorced!"

I looked at him. Rebecca's mom looked at me. I looked at her. We all didn't know what to say for a moment.

"Well, Rebecca's right, we are getting separated. Her dad is moving out this weekend." Rebecca's mom recovered very well, I thought.

I said something lame about how kids this age will talk about anything. And everything. There are no secrets in elementary school.

She said something about planning everything but obviously NOT planning well how the news would be, shall we say, disseminated.

The incident passed.

To me, it was both hilariously funny, and very sad. Kids say the darndest things AND a lot of people are getting divorced these days.

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