My mom Frieda is guest posting for me today. Here is a little tale about yours truly:
I hear the phone ring in the English department at Pan American University, where I work. Someone says, “Frieda, your daughter is on the phone.”
It is Esther, my first-grader. She asks, “Mom, how does the daddy cat make the mama cat pregnant?”
We live in the country, and there are a great number of mice, so we have several outdoor cats. Esther plays with the cats by the hour.
“Well, Esther, we’ll talk about it when I get home.”
After supper I take out the book I have saved especially for this occasion. We read about flowers and pollen and bees. We read about birds. We read about dogs and cats. I take a deep breath and start to turn the page to read about people, but Esther says, “That’s all I wanted to know. Can I go play now?”