Tuesday, May 03, 2011


Eli 9.8 was doing homework.

"Why would you need to do the pros and cons of something?" he asked. The Vancouver game was on, in direct violation of basic homework-doing principles.

"Well, when you're having a hard time making your mind about something," Gloria said.

"That's right," I said. "For example, you could do the pros and cons of having a gorilla as a pet. Pros: gorillas are awesome. Cons: possibly lethal danger. Having to watch Animal Planet all the time. Sharing your room."

Eli and Gloria began talking again, and I listened for a few seconds, but obviously, I was still thinking about gorillas.

"The cost of bananas, I said."

"Dad, I love you," Eli said, laughing.

"He's in his own little world over there," Gloria said.

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