Elijah overhears Grandpa and Grandma talking about John Burroughs.
“Grandpa, who’s John Burroughs?”
“Well, Elijah, there’s John Burroughs and then there’s the John Burroughs. We’re not talking about the John Burroughs.”
“I’m confused, and you’re confusing!”
“I understand. It is confusing. I can see why you’d be confused.”
“I’m only eight-weeks old, Grandpa! I shouldn’t have be be confused already. I have plenty of time to get like you.”
“Okay. I apologize. Grandma and I shouldn’t be talking about this in your presence. We’ll try to be more careful.”
“Thanks, Grandpa. I don’t want to be as confused as you are! So, who’s John Burroughs?”
“Okay, like I said, there are two John Burroughs. There’s a guy named John Burroughs who wrote a nice review of Grandpa’s book, and there’s the John Burroughs who’s famous. That John Burroughs died a long time ago. This John Burroughs is still alive. I know nothing about him. He likes my book.”
“Wow! You don’t know anything about John Burroughs, but he knows about your book? Maybe John Burroughs knows you quote John Muir, the John Burroughs’ close friend! Maybe this John Burroughs is the John Burroughs’ grandson!”
“No, Elijah. Not everyone who is the grandson of someone famous!”
- Grandpa Gordon, Chaska, MN, July 20, 2017.