Introducing Elijah’s cousin Calvin
Followers of Views from the Edge know Elijah from his conversations with “Bumpa” (Grandpa), but have not been introduced to Elijah’s six month younger first cousin and buddy, Calvin.
The cousins are talking up a storm with impressive vocabularies — many more words than the occasional “Mine!” but they need some help with grammar.
Conversation among Elijah, Calvin, and Grandpa
Grandpa: Good morning, Elijah! Good morning, Calvin! How’d you sleep last night?
Calvin: Not so good. I cried all night. Elijah was dead! I saw it TV.
Grandpa: I’m so sorry Calvin. But look — Elijah’s standing right. He’s alive. The Elijah on TV was a United States Congressman. Elijah Cummings was 68 years old.
Calvin: Phew! That makes me happy.
Grandpa: How about you, Elijah. How was your night?
Elijah: Great! I went right to bed after me and Mom played in the bathtub.
Grandpa: Wonderful. But I want you to learn to put others before yourself.
Elijah: You mean Calvin?
Grandpa: No, I’m talking about talking, I want you to grow up saying “Mom and I”.
Elijah: I just did! I just told you! I went to bed after me and Mom played in the tub. You don’t hear so good, Bumpa.
Grandpa: Well, I did hear you, and it’s “well“, not good. “You don’t hear so well.” It a common mistake. I want you boys to grow up with good grammar. That’s why I want you to say “Mom and I.”
Elijah: I just said that!!! Didn’t I, Calvin?
Calvin: Nope. You said “me and Mom.” You didn’t say “Mom and I.” You’re selfish! You always put yourself first. Everything’s ‘Mine, mine, mine’. ‘Me, me, me!’ You always put yourself first!
Elijah: Do not!
Calvin: Do, too!
Grandpa: Okay, boys. This isn’t that important. I’m talking about talking. I want you grow up learning good grammar.
Calvin: We already love Granmma!
Elijah: Yea, Bumpa! Me and Calvin love Granmma. Me and him love Gramma more than you!
Gordon C. Stewart (Bump), Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness (click THIS LINK to explore on Amazon), Chaska, MN, Oct. 26, 2019