In the car yesterday, Brian and I seemed to reenact a scene from this radio broadcast. I had to share it.
Brian started off by asking us, "It's illegal to crash your car into a house, right?"
"Yes" I answered, confused as to where this was headed. Was he wondering why I, the driver, haven't yet crashed into a house? I know both the boys have been brainwashed by Rob to think he's the better driver.
Then Brian asked, "Can you make things that are legal illegal?"
"Yes, that's what our legislators do", I told him, knowing he'd remember our talks about why it's important to be involved with our legislator.
He then announced, "When I grow up I'm going to make it illegal to lose your husband".
I took a moment to decipher the kid vocabulary and asked "Do you mean you want to make it illegal for people to get divorced?"
We've recently had a divorce in the family and some of their schoolmates have parents separating at the moment too. I knew it was something on the mind, and we've been working hard to explain that that won't happen to their family. While other couples may make the same promises that their daddy and papa made, and the promises weren't kept for some reason or another, we want it clear to them that they can count on our promises being kept.
So, curious if he was worrying about us I asked, "Why, bub?."
"Because when you are divorced it breaks up a home."
I'm sure no one but Rob and I can be as struck by their insights :-). They are, of course, the most intelligent, most adorable children in the entire world, and anyone who disagrees is a liar, a filthy no-good liar. But come on, making an analogy with crashing a car into a home? That's pretty clever for a newly-6-year-old, if I do say so myself.
What made me laugh though was that he may well get his wish. We will all soon be headed to California, and his parents will make those promises, once again, on our 13 anniversary. This time it will be legal; this time they will be able to see us promise and not just see the photographs from so long ago. But here's the kicker: when we all come back to Utah, there will be no legal way to divorce.
If there's one good thing about this political situation it will be, when we come back to this state with its higher than average divorce rate, telling our sons they are some of the few children here, in the world even, with parents who are undivorcible, in more ways than one.