The kids and I went to Books by the Banks this fall. They enjoyed the crafts and we picked up some new books.
The best part was our conversation.
When we sat down to have a snack, Calvin asked me if you could get married more than once.
I decided to take the opportunity for full disclosure.
“Yes,” I said. “You know your dad was married before and I was too.”
They know their dad was previously married because their brother Ben is the evidence but it hasn’t come up that I was married too.
“YOU have a secret!” Max said, scandalized and excited.
“It’s not a secret,” I said, trying to sound casual. “It just never came up.”
Calvin had already turned his attention to his new book but I could tell Max was mulling it over.
“Well, then what happened?” he asked. “Did you meet Dada on a dating app?”
This is hilarious if you know Eddie.
He lost interest and went back to looking at his new book.
A few days later, Max said, “I mean, I knew you had lots of boyfriends but I didn’t know you were MARRIED!”
What gave him this idea, I wondered, thinking this would make my friend Fernando cackle. A few more days went by and Max asked me, “Did you and this boy you were married to have a house?”
“Yes,” I said. “And you know, baby, sometimes things just don’t work out…blah blah blah,’” I tried to explain it and said way too much.
“Uh, huh,” he said, losing interest.
He hasn’t asked me about it again.
We did buy some books.
We met Ben Clanton and he signed his new book Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt. (He was super nice!) We’ve since checked out his book Rot, The Cutest in the World, about a rotten and very cute potato.
We also discovered a new series for Max: Behind the Legend Books by Erin Peabody. To date, he’s read about the Loch Ness Monster, Zombies, Werewolves, Big Foot, Unicorns. And here’s a fun fact: she’s from Cincinnati.