Recently, I posted a book review for Don Tate's children's book, "It Jes Happened". I loaned it to a friend to see if she wanted to share it with her son. She hadn't talked to him yet about slavery, and wanted to be sure the book was appropriate for her boy. They both love it. So we were talking about the book over (a very noisy) phone. And this jes happened...
Her: *sounding surprised and concerned* My son is really into Don.
Me: Really? That's interesting. Zack started asking about God and spiritual things from a very young age. I like to encourage him to explore and think about the questions, so that when he's older, hopefully he will remain inquisitive about spiritual things and come to his beliefs purely, rather than just digesting what is spoon-fed to him. You, know? I think...blah blah blah...and also...blah blah blah...a funny thing happened...blah blah blah... and so on.
Her: Um. I think you misunderstood me. I said he's really into Don, not God.
Me: *laughs hysterically* Well, Don is a great artist.
When I thought I heard her say "god", and even when I began pontificating, I was trying to recall if Bill Traylor had mentioned talking to God in the book or something, because there was no reason I could think of why she would throw that into our conversation about this book. I assumed he must have, and I must have forgotten. Welp. Y'all know what they say about making assumptions. The funny thing is, I rarely discuss spirituality. I must have really wanted to talk about it today.
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