I am not sure what to think about something that happened tonight. I think it is a universal sentiment that all of our parents were idiots, but in my son Ethanâs case it may be an objective fact.
Ethan (4) has really gotten into this new Disney Channel show, âLittle Einsteinsâ. It is a series based on the âBaby Einsteinâ videos that Ethan has loved since he was about one and we first let him see a TV (he has embraced the technology). Anyway the show has these kids that have adventures set to classical music and use famous works of art as their background. Ethan faithfully watches the show and then I download any classical music on the show so he learns the âgrown upâ version. When I burn the CD, I always reference the show name and then the composerâs name and composition. Well tonight the show was titled âMagellanâ and featured Bizetâs âCarmen.â
Now this next part I swear I am not making this up. While he was sitting on the can listening to his tunes he called for out for me. I came in and he said, âDad the letters are wrong.â At first I had no clue what he was talking about. Then he said it should be âaâ not âeâ. I was still not catching on until I look at what he was pointing to. On the CD, I had spelled Magellan âMagellenâ. He actually caught my misspelling!
When I said, âOh, Daddy misspelled the word,â a look of horror came over his face followed by riotous laughing.
I know this look. I have seen it before. It is the look people give me when I interview them and they realize that I am an idiot. I have given the look myself on occasion.
I have always put the world in two categories: People who are way smarter than me and idiots (no one is just about as smart as me). I hope Ethanâs thinking is not quite so binary because I am now afraid of which category, in his estimation, I would fall into.