Since we were leaving for Texas on the actual day of the girls’ Christmas play, we went to church to watch the rehearsal a day in advance. There, H2’s little friend came up to me wondering if I had any gum. “No sweetie. I’m sorry.” (I wanted to let him know that I don’t carry gum because it’s bad for your teeth and TMJ. Also, it make you hungry and studies show…) He is a brunette version of the Little Prince and the bottom line is I couldn’t fulfill his request. So, I made a mental note to start carrying gum from then on in case I ran into him.
That was the end of his conversation with me. Off he went about his business.
The next day, we flew to Austin and the he went to church with his father for the actual play. When he returned home, his mom asked if he had had a good time.
“Did you see any friends?”
He named a few people, and added: “Bahar was there.”
“No. She’s in Texas,” his mom corrected him.
“Well,” he replied with certainty, “I guess she changed her mind. And she still didn’t bring gum.”
I don’t know who else in church has my sheep curls, but whoever it is, if she would bother to carry some gum in her purse, I might have remained in the Little Prince’s good graces. Now I’m just another grown-up who doesn’t hear him or worse yet thinks that a drawing of a boa swallowing an elephant is merely a hat!
Cheers to all the children who know what they are looking for is what matters most.
“Grown-ups love figures… When you tell them you’ve made a new friend they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you ‘What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?’ Instead they demand ‘How old is he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?’ Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince