Me: (Holding up a grapefruit) Have you ever tried a grapefruit?
Jonah: Yes. Ash-a-lee (his old babysitter) shared a grapefruit with me one time.
Me: Did you like it?
J: I did. (Pause). Mommy, how come Ash-a-lee doesn’t pick me up anymore?
Me: Because she moved and is going to college.
Me: College. Yes, it’s a school for older kids. You go there to learn about the things you love. You study interesting things in college.
Me: Yes, if you love numbers then you study math... If you love books and reading you study English. Or art… You could study art and about painting and drawing. (Pause). What do you want to study at college?
Me: (Beaming) You want to study to be a doctor?!
Me: Okay! Great, well, then at college you’ll have to study about health.
Me: Health. Doctors make sure we’re healthy. Doctors study people’s bodies. In college (I start pointing), they study bones, and organs, and skin and-
Me: Yep, fingers...
J: (Pointing) And arms and toes and eyes and mouth and hair and place mats?
Me: Um (smiling), not place mats. But they study your nose… and your teeth… and your tummy… and..
J: And poo poo, and pee pee and fro-up?
Me: Yep. Definitely pee pee and poo poo and throw up.
He takes a bite of oatmeal.
Me: You know, I went to college.
J: Where, mommy?
Me: New York University. In New York. And Daddy went to UC Santa Barbara. Where do you want to go?
J: Um, O. K. J. V. U. I . T. C...
Me: Oh, really?
Me: I think you should go to a place called Harvard. Or Yale.
He thinks about it.
J: Um, mommy… But... Do mommy’s go to college with their children?
Me: Aw. Well, no. Not usually. Because college is for big kids. You're almost an adult when you go to college. So usually, no. You don’t go with your mommy.
J: (his eyes widen) But mommy, I don’t know how to get to college. I will need the directions.
Me: (Melting) Oh, well I will absolutely make sure you have the directions to college. I will help you get there. Don’t you worry.
J: All done! (he pushes his breakfast away).
I want to scream, "No. Never. Stay at this table like this forever." Instead:
Me: Me too! Let’s go to school!