Elijah is confused by the exchange of words about buttons. The following conversation ensued at Grandpa and Grandma’s.
Grandpa, what’s a button?
Oh, that’s an easy one, Elijah, Every morning your Mom buttons the buttons, or snaps the snaps, on your clothing after she changes your diapers.
I still don’t know what a button is. Is it a verb or a noun? And what’s a ‘snap’?
Okay. Good point. That wasn’t very clear. You asked a simple question. You deserve a simple answer.
Yeah, simple like in “understandable” — not simple like in “stupid”, like we talked about before. Right?
Right. So . . . put your hand on your chest. You’ll feel several round things. They’re called ‘buttons’. Each one of those round things on your outfit is a button.
Okay! I get it. But bigger buttons are better than little buttons, right, Grandpa? My buttons are little. Yours are better.
No, buttons are just buttons. No matter how big or small they are, they’re equally important. They just do the same thing snaps do. Why?
There you go again, Grandpa! Now we’re back to snaps. Are you losing your mind like President You-Know-Who says Steve Bannon did?
No, Elijah, I’m sorry. Forget the snaps. Why are you asking about big buttons and small buttons?
‘Cause Rocketman and President You-Know-Who are talking like they’re the only ones in the whole world who have buttons and the president says his is bigger and more powerful than Rocketman’s, and that his works. If all buttons are equal, Grandpa, that’s kind of weird, isn’t it?
It is, Elijah. We’re only four days into the new year and it’s already weirder than it was at the end of 2017. It just keeps getting weirder every day. But before we talk more about buttons I want you to be clear that we don’t insult the leader of another country by calling him ‘Rocketman’.
Yeah, it’s hard to be clear. I’m only seven-and-a-half months old! I’m confused ’cause you’re confusing. Give it to me straight. Is the president incontinent?
Where’d you get the idea the president’s incontinent, Elijah?
They said so on ‘Morning Joe’! Mika said President-You-Know-Who’s doctor could find him incontinent next week during his physical exam. Then they could get rid of him with the 25th Amendment and we wouldn’t have to worry any more.
Elijah, I think you’re confusing ‘incontinent’ with ‘incompetent’, although they seem closely related. A president can be removed from office if he’s declared incompetent to serve.
Anyway. You asked about buttons. I was wrong about buttons. President You-Know-Who — we don’t call him ‘You-Know-Who’ to insult him; we just don’t want his name to be spoken any more than it already is, if we can help it — and Kim Jong un of North Korea have BIG buttons of a different kind. Each of them has a big RED button. Actually, they aren’t buttons but people call them that! If they push those buttons, they can blow up bombs and kill lots of people.
Why?!!! Why would they want to do that?
We’re all wondering that, Elijah. It seems it’s because the big red buttons make them feel powerful. That’s how it is with some really sick people. They like the idea of snapping their fingers and the world goes poof!
Why? I don’t get it! Why would you want to kill lots of people? That’s mean! Quick, Grandpa, get their mothers on Facebook and tell them they’re incontinent. I mean incompetent. Tell their Moms to change their diapers and then give them clothes with little yellow buttons like mine! Maybe President-You-Know-Who and Kim Jong un will feel better without those big red buttons.
Tell their Mom’s to be like Mom! My Mom’s the best!
— Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, January 4, 2017.