Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Adventure of the Mummy's Eyeball

Mia hated the dance rehearsal. I mean, my lord. She performed all her moves hunched over, arms dangling like a gorilla, and half the time she literally had her tongue hanging out and her eyes half-closed. It was kind of embarrassing. She blamed it on being tired, but as soon as we got out of there she perked right up. I don't know if I should let her off the hook on this one or if I should make her go through with it, so that she knows when she commits to something she's going to have to follow through.

Anyway, today she told me some disturbing news about Reading Rainbow. Or -- maybe -- she has an active imagination. In any case, she told me that today her class watched a Reading Rainbow special on mummies.

"Mummies?" I said.

"Yeah, and then we dug a mummy hole in the playground and we actually found one!"

"My goodness. Was it gross?"

"No Daddy, it's just a mummy. But we found its eyeball, and that was pretty gross!"

"You found the mummy's eyeball?"

"Yeah, DJ found it!"

"Was he scared?"

"No, but I was. I said, DJ, put that eyeball down!"

"I hope he washed his hands."

"He didn't have to, because the eyeball was fragile."

"It was?"

Exasperated: "Yes Daddy, dead people are fragile! Duh!"

Here I started laughing. "They are, are they? How do you know this?"

"Reading Rainbow told me! Duh!"

I'm going to have to write a harsh letter to the folks at Reading Rainbow. Running specials about mummies and encouraging excavations is one thing, but teaching our children that dead people are fragile!? Come on. Those guys can take some serious punishment before they start to fall apart.

(I swear to God I don't let her watch my horror movies!)


At 6:50 PM, Blogger Melantrys said...

Those guys can take some serious punishment before they start to fall apart.

.... Um.... How do you know? I mean.... Did you try it out...?

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Gone said...

The day she brings home her first Hell's Angel, call me. Don't send an email, call. I want to *hear* your head explode in real time.

At 12:30 AM, Blogger stewball1 said...

I'm sorry that I only met her a couple of times before coming back to Vermont, she sounds like a blast! Cornwell is one of my favorites, as I am sure I told you, and Sharpe's is next on my list as well. If you feel the need to preambulate (I hope I spelled it right) email me at stwbll1@yahoo.com.


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