Earlier this morning, 11 day-old Elijah saw David Ellis’s author interview with his grandfather when he awakened from his morning nap. Hours later, Elijah harkened to his grandfather’s voice, smiled, and did his best to focus his eyes on mine for another conversation.
“Grandpa, are you famous?”
“Are you infamous in England? David Ellis lives in England. Mom says that’s far away from Minnesota.”
“No, actually, I’m infamous in Minnesota but David in England must think I’m famous ’cause I wrote a book.”
“Yeah! Mom told me last night. She said I should follow Grandpa’s advice. She said I should ‘Be still!’ What’s that mean, Grandpa?
“Well, it means be calm, be quiet. Did you keep Mom up again last night?”
“Yeah! I should be quiet at night so Mom can sleep. That’s what Grandma said. Otherwise Mom might lose it and use another bad word. She might tell me to ‘shut up! Don’t be a cry-baby!’ I’m not a cry-baby, am I Grandpa?
“No, Elijah, you’re not a cry-baby. You’re just a baby — the grandson of an author who’s famous in England and infamous in the United States of America.”
“What’s the United States of America, Grandpa?”
“I’ve been wondering that myself lately, Elijah. I’ve been wondering myself.”
- Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, June 3, 2017.