We Call Her the Manipulator

Saturday night my parents stopped by the house to take all three children out to dinner, giving us some quiet time to get things done (this week’s to-do list is two pages long and single-spaced, because of things due, appointments made months ago, out-of-town guests and birthday party preparations).

So Nini and Pop Pop loaded all the kids into the stroller, and walked to Frisch’s. And dinner with Nini and Pop Pop at Frisch’s always ends with a hot fudge sundae, much to Sophie’s delight.

But on this night, Sophie apparently wanted to eat her sundae with her purple, plastic, swirly straw, instead of her fork. My mom told her that she needed to use a fork, that forks are used for eating and straws are used for drinking.

Sophie sat for a moment, considering this and then said, “Nini, close your eyes for a really long time.”

“Genius is the ability to see things invisible, to manipulate things intangible, to paint things that have no features.” —Joseph Joubert