“Grandpa, HELP! Mom’s taking me to day care! She’s going to leave me with a stranger!!!”
“I know, Elijah. Mom has to go back to work.
“What’s work? WHY?!!! She’s never gone to work before!!!”
“Well, work is what adults do. They can’t just stay home all the time.”
“What you talking about? You stay home all the time!”
“Yes, but Grandpa’s different. I’m retired.”
“It means I’m older than Mom. I don’t have to work anymore. Mom is young. She has to go back to work. You’re nine weeks old now.”
“That’s not night! In Denmark or Croatia Mom could stay home with me for one whole year with full pay!”
“I know, Elijah, but we don’t live in Denmark or Croatia. We live in the U.S.A. Stop crying in your milk and get ready for day care.”
“No!! I’m not going!”
“Well, I’m sorry, but you don’t have much choice, Elijah. This is America and Mom has to feed you. She has to go back to work tomorrow — or you’ll be homeless.”
“Uhuhh! You’ll see! She’ll be sorry. I’m going to scream my head off in the car seat and all day long at the baby sitter’s! We’re in America, Grandpa. I’m sticking by my right to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!’ You’re part of the establishment!”
- Grandpa Gordon, Chaska, MN, July 27, 2017.