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Friday, November 4, 2011

Boys and their Dragons

            “Mom?”

            “Yes, PJ?”

            “Were any of our ancestors eaten by dragons?”

            “Hmm. That’s a hard one. I don’t think so.”

            “I can’t think of any either. I don’t think I know anyone who’s been eaten by a dragon.”

            “Disappointing, huh?”

            My son looked up from his Lord of the Rings book. “Really disappointing. Do you suppose dragons died out because they didn’t eat enough people?”

            “I would guess that dragons were hunted by so many handsome knights protecting fair maidens that they eventually became extinct.”

            “Yuck! Knights fought dragons to protect…you know…girls? That’s just dumb.” At ten, he couldn’t imagine a situation in which he’d want to protect…you know…a girl.

            “Of course it's dumb, son. Girls can fight their own dragons.”

            He sighed heavily, a beleaguered son forced to reason with his unreasonable mother. “I don’t think so.”

            “Why not?”

            “They just can’t, that’s why.”

            “If you say so.”

            He got up and beat a path to the living room door. “I bet moms weren’t so annoying back when there were dragons,” he muttered.

            “Did you say something?”

            He stuck his head back through the doorway. “No.”

            “OK. I think dragons are cool, too, so if you want to talk about them more, I’m here for you.”

            “Um…thanks. Will Dad be home soon?”

            “Yes. He’s probably on his way home now.”

            PJ sighed in relief and took his book out onto the front steps to wait for his dad. It seems there are times in a boy’s life when only his father will do.


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