Journal Entry

Monday, May 17, 2004

A head and two feet

This conversation was reported to me from Switzerland:

Aviva: "Right, so mommy, when I die I'll just be a head and two feet"
Esther, nonplussed: "What? Why do you say that?"
Aviva: "Because I won't have my body. Your body is what's between your head and your feet."
Esther: "No, honey, in this case your body is everything *including* your head and your feet."
Aviva: (long pause)
Aviva: What do you think that will be like, not having anything?

Posted by benrosen at May 17, 2004 10:49 AM | Up to blog
Comments

Of course this concerns my granddaughter, which makes it especially wonderful, but I also want to comment that Benjamin (my son), also at an early age said: "Mommy, I think I just have hands and eyes and a brain." "NO," I said, quite shocked, but understanding that those were the only body parts that mattered to someone who just liked to read, write and imagine, "you have arms and legs and a body too!" It took many years, and the creation of my computer/sports day camp (which has a perfect mind/body balanced day) before Benjamin found more value in the rest of his body. Now, he plays rugby!

Posted by: Karen Rosenbaum at May 17, 2004 07:28 PM

Jeez, mom....

:-)

Interesting how our parents can instantly reduce us to adolescent squirming.

Mom's camp is one of the best-run, most innovative, and most passionately adventurous educational institutions I have ever run across. You should go check it out if you have kids aged 7-16. However, I don't recall paying much attention to sports there. It seems to me that the first sign of a rapprochement between me and physical activity was our playing endless games of "Nail The Little Blue Bastard", a rule-less, savage, primal variant of racquetball, at geek camp at around age 13...

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at May 18, 2004 07:51 AM

Hi Ben and Ben's Mom!!

So Ben, when I read this about Aviva, I had to chuckle. I would expect nothing else from Ben's children! Good to see you're posting again.

Ling

Posted by: Samantha Ling at May 18, 2004 02:01 PM

Hey Lingster!

Indeed I am.

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at May 18, 2004 03:48 PM

Hi, Ben and Ben's Mom--

Aviva is an amazing creature. I love to hear stories about her.

But it would be great to hear stories about Ben, too. :-)

law

Posted by: law at May 18, 2004 05:49 PM

Yes, please keep the Aviva stories coming, and keep us up to date on current events in Oberville too!

Posted by: Levi at May 21, 2004 09:45 AM
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