March 05, 2007

Helen Keller According to Bones

I was at school today and one of the Cub Scout Moms said to me, “I absolutely LOVE hearing stories about Bones…”

At first I was taken back. Was she reading my blog? Nobody really knows about my blog. Stories about Bones?

It turns out her son, who is in Bones’ class, thinks he is a riot and comes home quoting him.

She said the other day, her son did something and stopped and said, “That’s a Dramatic Pause.” His mother did a double take and said, “What? Where did you hear that?” and he replied, “Bones. He does them. Or if you’re talking to him and stop he’ll say, “What’s that? A dramatic pause?””

He did not get that from his father nor me.

Stories of Bones. On the internet and around dinner tables. Lovely.

There is much that happens with him that I can’t even remember, the vastness that is Bones’ personality, and sometimes I can’t convey it here because you have to see him talk. You see, Bones thinks he’s super cool. He struts when he walks and he thinks he looks good.

I mean STRUT. To the point people say things to me and I just nod my head knowingly, shrugging and rolling my eyes. He’s like a little John Travolta in Stayin’ Alive.

I do believe I just dated myself there…

He has a confident manner when he speaks to you… he does not understand the difference that is age. If you are 6 or you are 60, he will speak to you with the same mannerisms, the same tone of voice, the same expression.

The entire world is his theater. And his interpretation of life around him alone should garner him his own reality show.

For instance, today he told me they are reading about Helen Keller.

It took all I had to keep from saying, “Helen Keller was a Socialist and Communist sympathizer”, which would take away from his story. I still always laugh when I realize the State of Alabama picked her for their State Quarter. I guess that just goes to show, that America can embrace anyone, we are a democracy, but really, I wonder how many Alabamians realized her political history when they voted.

Anyway, I had to egg him on as I had to know what Bones thought of Helen Keller. I had to know what little pieces of information that he deemed important from the story his class read.

He remembered she was deaf, blind and mute. We discussed WHY she was mute. He knew about Annie Sullivan. But the only story that stuck with him was some story of Helen Keller, who could not speak, hear or see, getting stuck in a tree in a storm. And her dear friend Annie saw her in the tree and went out and put a warm hand in Helen’s lap.

I wonder if the author ever thought that a warm hand in Helen’s lap would have such meaning to a 7 year old boy.

And from there, Annie proceeded to save Helen from the storm.

At that point, Bones looked at me waiting, eyebrows raised, expression waiting, and as his buddy from class says, with ‘Bones’ dramatic pause’.

There are days, most days, we need a video camera at our dinner table.

And for the record, I did at the end tell the boys of Helen Keller's political leanings. It provided me yet another opportunity to explain... again... why our capitalistic democratic society is best.

Posted by Boudicca at March 5, 2007 09:17 PM | TrackBack

He is something else. Now I understand those pauses at breakfast!!!

Posted by: vw bug at March 6, 2007 06:45 AM

Our girls - especially Elder Daughter - also had Bones's gift of being comfortable talking with people of all ages. Believe me when I tell you that it is a good thing. He is a remarkable kid, a pleasure to be around, not in small measure because he sees the world his own way, and he's articulate in telling others about it.

As for Helen Keller being featured on the Alabama quarter, be aware that the designs for most of the Statehood quarters are selected by committee - the voters per se have nothing to do with it. And all they care about is cramming as many Recognizable Symbols on the coin as possible. Helen Keller is a Recognizable Symbol, and people conveniently have forgotten (or overlooked) her far-left political views. And, this many years down the road, that should surprise no one.

I hear tell that when she was bad, her parents would rearrange the furniture. And when she was very bad, they'd leave the plunger in the toilet...

Posted by: Elisson at March 6, 2007 08:27 AM

About political leanings ....

Walter Ruether is a very big name around the SE Detroit area, was a huge activist for the unions a long time ago.

We have buildings and freeways names after him.

The man was a huge communist, huge I mean, huge!

When I tell people that they just blink at me and say nothing.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at March 6, 2007 10:42 AM

I've seen Bones in action. Heh. Heh. Heh. BTW Bou, we are not a democracy. The Founders were terrified of democracy. A democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting for what to have for dinner. We are a constitutional republic. Unfortunately, our current crop of pols are shredding the Constitution (Both parties are guilty. A prime example is McCain-Feingold) and we will probably be a democracy in ten or twenty years. The fact that someone as intelligent as you calls this country a democracy shows that we are well on our way. Can't help myself with this political rant, but it is one of my pet peeves.

Posted by: Denny at March 6, 2007 08:39 PM