Sharing comes naturally to Elijah. In this scene recorded by Gramma, Elijah surprises Grampa (Wumpa) with a piece of his pizza. Elijah has no knowledge of hoarding. He demonstrates the generosity of the widow of Zarephath who shared her last provisions with Elijah.
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
-Isaiah 58:6a-7 NRSV
Gordon C. Stewart (“Wumpa”) with Elijah and Gramma in Chaska, MN, March 26, 2020 in this period of social distancing.
Elijah and Grandpa are walkin’ and “talkin'” on the way to his car seat.
“I’m walkin’, yes indeed, and I’m talkin’ ’bout you and me
I’m hopin’ that you’ll come back to me (yes)
I’m lonely as I can be, I’m waitin’ for your company
I’m hopin’ that you’ll come back to me….” – Fats Domino
Click this link — I’m Walkin’ – Fats Domino (1957). All these years later, I’m walking’ and talkin’ ’bout Elijah, hopin’ he’ll come back to me.
Grandpa, my ninth birthday’s coming up next week! Are we going to have a party and stuff?
Well, Elijah, we only celebrate birthdays annually. That means once a year. You’re going to be nine months old, not nine years old. The day you turn one year old, we’ll do something special for your birthday. I promise.
That’s not right! I have to wait for my presents?
Not necessarily. Grandma and I love to give presents. Do you have something special in mind?
Yeah! I’ve been thinking a lot about it. So can I have it now?
Sure, what have you been dreaming about?
Okay. What about it.
Can I have a bomb like Kim Jun un and the President?
Oh for heaven’s sake, Elijah, where’d you get the idea you could have a bomb?
The Second Amendment, Grandpa. The right to bear arms!
Remember our discussion yesterday about the origins of the Second Amendment?
The Supreme Court doesn’t agree with you. The Supreme Court says I have the “right to bear arms”. “Arms” are weapons, Grandpa, so why are we just talking about guns? Arms are what armies and state militias have. I’m stickin’ up for my rights! This is America, Grandpa! We get to protect ourselves. I need a bomb to protect Mom and the family!
Elijah and Grandpa, Chaska, MN, February 16, 2018.
Elijah asks about the president and senator corker
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.