Saturday, April 05, 2008

Moments with Monk


1. Our dear friend SRF sent Monk two volumes of Howard Zinn's A Young People's History of the United States for Monk's tenth birthday. Monk has been devouring the first book. Tonight, as we were eating our Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Monk remarked: "Howard Zinn is the most skeptical person about American history that I've ever known. He doesn't hold any U.S. document as sacred--not the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Sedition Act. He thinks Christopher Columbus was a dingus. He thinks Andrew Jackson was a major dingus. And he thinks that half the Revolutionary War was just a business plan for the leaders in America." [Edited to add: After reading again for a little while, Monk commented, "This guy actually makes communism sound pretty good compared to us. I mean, he makes communists, socialists, and anarchists sound a heck of a lot better than the way we're running stuff!" Now aren't your proud, SRF?! :D]

2. I've been under Haaa-yooooge stress lately and haven't been sleeping well. I remarked a couple morning's ago that I knew we must have gone to bed early the night before because when I woke up in the middle of the night it was only 12:00! Monk thought for a moment, then commented, "That's weird. When I woke up in the middle of the night it was 3:30."

3. We're still thinking about renting a 3 bedroom house. Tomorrow we may go see one that is available. I read the listing aloud to the family: "3 bedroom, 1 bath small house with living room and large kitchen." Monk remarked, without missing a beat: "What would we need with a kitchen?" Yep. Guess I don't cook that much anymore.

4 comments:

Amy said...

Oh, I love Monk! I need to meet him, and have him spend a day with W.

cyen said...

I heard a little about your stress situation, and just wanted to let you know I'm rooting for you :) Sending thoughts and prayers.
I hope Monk will let me look at these book(s) when I visit (assuming he's read them already). I saw a dvd with Zinn and admired some of what he stood for. :)

srf said...

Yay! I'm so glad Monk is enjoying the books. And very proud indeed! I hope that his curiosity and questioning continues to grow, as I know it will. Just trying to extend my Bradsawian influence in your life :-)

srf said...

Oh, and how was the house?