Grandpa, we’re supposed to respect people, right?
Yes, Elijah, that’s part of growing up.
Yeah, I’m not growed up yet. I’m liddle.
Well, yes, but it’s “grown” up, and you spell ‘little’ with two ‘t’s not two ‘d’s.
That’s not how the president spells it. Who am I supposed to respect more, you or the president?
Hmm. When it comes to spelling and not calling people names, I think Grandpa may deserve a little more respect, but that’s just Grandpa’s opinion. But the president called Senator Bob Corker ‘liddle’ and meant it as an insult. Senator Corker is short; he’s little compared to the President. But a person’s physical stature shouldn’t matter to grown-ups. Do you understand?
And what about that IQ thing? What’s an IQ?
Lots of people are asking that question these days.
Is having a higher IQ like being taller? I’m tall. Dr. Smith said I’m in the top 94 percentile of four-month-olds! What’s a percentile?
It’s a way of measuring, Elijah. It’s complicated. It’s just a statistic. But it gives me comfort that the percentage of people approving of the president seems to have become littler in all 50 states between last January and September.
We like little, right Grandpa?
We do, Elijah. Sometimes we do.
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by [their height], but by the content of their character.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Grandpa Gordon, Chaska, MN, October 11, 2017.