Friday, July 10, 2009

Eavesdropping

***decode text***


ParentEye Satellite feed
07/09/09 11:12:53
Chrysler T&C XXX-XXXX
501-S/ Lburg/ VA

Subject (6 year old Caucasian male) and cousin (6 year old Caucasian female) engaged in conversation, while strapped into backseat of said vehicle, traveling southbound, en route to BP gas station #XXXX.

[begin transcript]

[Natalie] Did you hear about Michael Jackson dying?

[Logan] He did? Why did he have to die?

[N] I think is was drugs?

[L] What's that?

[N] Like when your parents only let you take so much medicine.

[L] Oh...or maybe he sacrificed himself then went to Heaven.

[N] I think you are right! Oh goody! He'll get to meet Granny!

[L] I bet they are singing together right now.

[N] Oh, you know how much she loved him!

[end transcript]

Extended Debrief: I really don't know whether to laugh or cry at the thought of T's mom doing the Thriller or moon walking while singing Billie Jean in Heaven. I wonder if she even knew him outside of the passing reference in the news. Alas, kids have an amazing perspective which only gives me hope for the future.


Special Note: In no way am I attempting to make light of death, imply wrong doing on any one's part, either alive or dead or jump on the MJ blog post band wagon. My only attempt is to gain perspective through the eyes of a child, in our attempts to make sense of the world around us.

Have a great weekend everyone!

33 comments:

Baino said...

Hey, kids tell it like it is. How could that possibly be offensive. Rather like the moonwalking idea! You have a good weekend too.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Out of the mouths of babes :-)
Have a great weekend!

otin said...

Kids are just like adults, minus the political correctness!

Daniel said...

Who's Michael Jackson? Shamon?

lakeviewer said...

Kids see things quite clearly.

Wings said...

Kids do see things in a simpler way. And it is funny what they glean from the world around them! Cool post. :)

Books,Coffee,etc.... said...

Hi! Brian,
I must agree with the other commenters (some) children are
quite frank, honest, and most definitely, open about their feelings.
But, I bet that you were
paying attention to driving...while at the same time...
"e-a-v-s-d-r-o-p-p-i-n-g."
unintentionally, but of course!

I too!.. hope that you and your family, have a pleasant weekend.
Take care!...
...and once again,
Thanks, for the get-well wishes!
DeeDee ;-D

Eternally Distracted said...

I wish I still had the innocence to say whatever came into my head!

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

A child generally sees life as a continuum - a life on easrth - a passing - then a life in heaven. A number of my younger students would express their initial sadness with the passing of a grandparent - and would comfort themselves by assuring themselves that they were now in a new land of play - one with clouds, the wind, the sun, the moon and the stars.

Ronda Laveen said...

Maybe granny is cooler than u think.

Mrsupole said...

Hey, I have to say that even my mom knows who MJ is and so I would not be surprised if T's mom did know who MJ was. What surprises me is that L and N know who MJ is. My older teen grandkids know who he is, but they all say they could care less about his passing. I will refrain from making a comment about this because I will get into further trouble again. But I will say that they have the sense to care more about the 13 soldiers who have died since then. Might be the influence their grandma has on them being a vet and all.

Oh to be able to leave comments and not have to hear complaints about what you say. To just hear someone think what you say is cute and funny. Oh out of the mouth of babes comes the best comments.

This is truly a cute story. I love the innocence of children and that is when you wish you had the camera to tape these conversations to save for posterity. Or the ability to write an equally good story about them that will be saved forever too.

God bless.

PS...I hope you got my comment under "ski" that my surgery does not happen until Monday. Thursday was just the pre-op day. Sorry if I somehow got our wires crossed.

lettuce said...

oh this is a great post! the thought of MJ and their grannie singing in heaven.... who wouldn't smile at that?

Valerie said...

I know you'll think I'm daft, Brian, but I thought this post was refreshing. The simple rationalisations of children never cease to astound me. Mind you I think granny would be better off singing Ben than Thriller, it's a little more tasteful. I'm not mocking, just being a little lighthearted. Have a great weekend.

Lorraine said...

Children's conservation are priceless...I like the way you presented it, it's top notch!

California Girl said...

Lovely conversation. I miss those. I tend to forget how much wisdom a child has in their unique way. (you didn't need the special note) I always enjoy your commentaries on your children.

Blognote said...

I wish adults would listen more what children have to say!
Have a great weekend.

The Retired One said...

I love accounts of children's conversations....they are priceless.
These two are wonderful kids!

Brian Miller said...

had just enough time at the library to catch up on your blogs. will be back tonight to check out your comments. computer will be ready by this evening so i will be back in business! yay. been tough staying up the last week and a half...just in time too library is closed tomorrow!

Pyzahn said...

Can you imagine all the souls lined up to dance with Michael Jackson? The Moonwalk becomes the Cloudwalk.

Kate Hanley said...

Great story. I love the image of doing Thriller in heaven. My son keeps calling MJ, Andrew Jackson which cracks me up everytime.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Brian:)

I'm sure MJ will be laughing in heaven on reading your post.

A child is the father of man and children have divinity in them. For them death is a novelty, something they are incapable of understanding.

Have a lovely day Brian:)
Joseph

Carletta said...

I think we should look to a child's perspective more often than not - they are knowledgable little beings.

Brian Miller said...

@baino - they sure do...L told me this morning i needed to lose a few pounds...hmmm...

@joanna - too true...u2!

@otin - lol.

@daniel - you are too much...just turn on the tv you'll figure it out.

@lakeviewer - yeah, when is it our eyes start to go bad?

@wings - yeah it all came because they saw him on the fron of the paper, from the funeral...

@dee dee - of course i was paying attention to the road...hard to do sometimes wwhen they get to talking...some of the funniest stuff.

@eternally - i would get in so much trouble...

@rose - such a beautiful place...and thoughts that bring them back...

@ronda - she just might be...

@mrsu - you never fail to put a smile on my face. too many of our soliders have passed. maybe one day that will end...

will keep you in our prayers first of the week. glad everything went well with pre-op. even if you can not type or comment, my hope is that you have aguest blogger let us know all went well.

Brian Miller said...

@lettuce - big smiles.

@val - i believe so too. gave me a great big smile today!

@lorraine - ty. they give me great fodder for my posts.

@ cali - the wisdom of babes...when do we lose it? just being careful, stepped ona few toes recently.

@blognote - too true. thansk for stopping by.

@retired one - smiles

@pyzahn - like that idea as well. cloudwalking...

@kate - Andrew Jackson, ha. cracking me up as well.

@joseph - i imagine he will as well. such wisdom yourself.

@carletta - they look at things with fresh eyes, unencumbered by the years.

Cinnamon said...

I love this post Brian! Children's conversations are so funny and telling- even teenagers' conversations are interesting! Their naivete and enthusiasm are so refreshing.

Michael Rawluk said...

An entire troop of moonwalking granny angels would be quite a sight.

Brian Miller said...

@cinamon - too true. love to just listen to my boys...too funny.

@michael - now that is a pic i would love to see you capture.

Snapshutter said...

The younger they are, the more pure their thoughts are. Refreshing. Thanks for swinging by my blog.

Candie Bracci said...

:)

Dot-Com said...

What a cool pic! And yes, kids do have the funniest way of trying to make sense of the world sometimes. So straight forward.

Debo Hobo said...

Too Cute! I am tickled by their innocence.

@mrsupole:I am not sure why one would have to chose between morning our lost solders and another fellow human being. Are we all not valued human beings? Luckily just recently we are now permitted to view the coming home of the bodies of our country's children. More parents should say yes when asked if they are willing to allow the media to show it.

Rob said...

What a funny conversation. Good stuff.

Goofball said...

should I be happy for their grandmother singing together with MJ or should I pity her?