Grandpa, who are the Twins? What’s baseball?
Well, Elijah, the Twins are Grandpa’s team.
What’s a team?
That’s a little like us – more than two people working for the same goal.
Yeah, like us! Trying to sleep through the night so Mom can get some sleep. Right, Grandpa?
Right! Because you and Mom are on the same team. She’s the Manager. You’re her only player.
I thought you said we were Twins. How can I be the only player if I’m a Twin?
Well, you and I are Twins. Mom, not so much. Mom likes basketball.
We’re twins?! How’d that happen? You’re old. REALLY old. Poor mom! She must have been in labor a long time. Wow! How old is Mom?
No, Mom’s a lot younger. We’re not twins like that. We’re Twins FANS. We watch baseball. The Twins are our favorite team. When I was your age I was a Boston Red Sox fan . . . but I didn’t know it yet. Then we moved to Philadelphia and Grandpa became a Phillies fan. And then a Cleveland Indians, fan; and then a Cincinnati Reds fan; and now I’m a Twins fan. We love baseball.
Yeah. That’s what we’re watching, right, Grandpa? BORING!
It is, Elijah. Baseball’s much more fun to play that it is to watch. Some day you’re going to be a slugger! But remember our conversation yesterday about day and night? You need to stay awake until it’s bedtime so you and Mom can sleep through the night. Mom’s the Manager. Without Mom you don’t have a team. You’re on Mom’s team.
Yeah. I’m on Mom’s team. And we’re twins. And night is when the sun goes to sleep. The sun went to sleep hours ago. Good-night, Grandpa.
- Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, June 22, 2017.
Elijah is so precocious — also precious, of course. I think you could have explained that the Twins are so-called after the Twin Cities. I bet he would understand perfectly.
Good point. I bet he would. Perfectly!
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What a smart kid! But he’s wrong about his grandpa being “really old.” Sorry, Gordon, you haven’t accomplished that yet.
So, age is not a frame of mind? By that measure, I’m old but I’ll never be older than some older friends.