Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The Age of Reason
This was a good read tonight. I remember this from my own childhood. These five brothers live with their mother in a little house not far from the sea. Each of the brothers has a superhuman ability. One can swallow the sea; another has an iron neck; the third can stretch his legs forever; the fourth cannot be burned; and the fifth can hold his breath indefinitely.
When I read the closing line, "And the Five Chinese Brothers and their mother all lived together happily for many years" Simeon asked, "What was their mother's super-power?"
"She was able to have five sons." I said matter-of-factly.
"But you have five sons." Simeon objected.
"Didn't you know I'm a superhero?" I asked. Simeon (8) looked skeptical, but
"Wow!" Alex(5) and Jacob(4) were genuinely impressed.
Sometimes I think I'd like them all to stay, forever, below the age of reason.
But that's only when we're minutes away from bedtime.