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Out and About With Emperor

We've finished our testing with the school district for Emperor!  I have only to turn some paperwork in and wait.  That's good to get all that out of the way before the snowy season.  I quizzed him about his latest speech test on the way to the grocery store.  "They asked about sayings and things like that," he told me.  "One was, 'All that glitters is not gold.'"

Ok, so what did you tell her it meant?  "I told her that it meant you had to get one of those people who knows whether things are gold or not to look at it because looks can be deceiving," he said.  (I'm wondering if he got credit for "knowing" this one.  Half-credit, maybe?)

So, what did she say? I asked him.  "She said, 'OK.'  Whether I get something right or wrong or even just don't know it she says, 'OK.' just like that."

Other sayings?  "Even the largest tree bends with the wind.  And I told her it meant it didn't matter how old you were, you would get in trouble sooner or later if your mom finds out."  (??)

"The only other one I remember was, 'What does grass and a blanket have in common?'  And I told her that they are both water-absorbent."  Here he paused.  "Although then I said it depended on the cloth.  Some material doesn't absorb water so well.  I'm not sure exactly why she asked that one."

That.  Is hilarious.  I'm thinking she meant they are both coverings, Emperor.  The grass covers the ground and a blanket covers a bed.  Emperor thought that was a very unique answer to the question and I informed him that actually? That was the answer they were looking for.  Probably.  (I start to doubt myself sometimes.) Emperor is not really sure about that, though it is a very clever answer that he never thought of. 

On to shopping, because there is no soy milk in the house.

"Just how many reindeer DOES Santa have?" asked Emperor incredulously as we were listening to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on the loudspeaker. "And how did everybody find out their names?  Don't say wikipedia."

Emperor and I picked out some fruit and some soy milk and browsed around for milk-free snacks.  It's not our usual store so we got lost a fair bit and heard ohh... at least three songs.  One was "Let it Snow."  Emperor was a bit miffed that the singer thinks he is "letting" it snow at all.  Even if he didn't want it to snow, you can't stop God from snowing on everything.  That's just... why is he singing about that?

"Is it just bad theology?" I asked him.  It's just bad logic, really... he told me.  He shook his head sadly at the silliness of it all and said,  "Well, that's music these days, I guess."


  1. I think he showed good thinking--not sure if that's what they wanted--but I wouldn't have gotten that grass and the blanket one, myself!

    --Lynne Diligent

  2. Hello Emperor. About the song "Let It Snow" - the singer is telling God to "Let It Snow", because no matter how cold it gets (from the snow) he (the singer) will be warm as long as his girlfriend loves him, he'll be warm, because love is a warming feeling.

  3. Wow! Actually, pretty funny and shows a quirky quick reasoning ability! Sounds like it's time to break out all the nursery rhymes and children stories that teach these sayings... though I wouldn't have guessed the one about the grass and blanket. I probably would have blurted out something about Indian smoke signals ......

  4. I think your Emperor is way, way too clever!
    His answers were RIGHT in his logical way. It proves there is not always one 'right' answer to a question.
    Grass and blankets DO absorb water afterall eh? lol

  5. Count me in as someone who would never have gotten the grass and blanket question right. I would have guessed something about texture -- a lawn is made up of zillions of blades of grass, the way a blanket is made up of zillions of threads woven together?

  6. As a gardener, I don't usually think of grass "covering" the ground. Grass plants interact with the soil the same as other plants -- they send down roots.


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