"My dad can tell the future."
| "As for ideas, my little daughter radiates them. Her
latest: an imaginary pocket man she carries with her who she sends out to scout a
situation before she jumps into it. In essence, he shows her the future.
Dangerous Devices, by B. Koplen
|That reminds me of the time when our third son, Patrick, was about six. He told
his friends: "My dad can tell the future." Later, I asked him why he
thought so. He said that I always knew what was going to happen. "Like
what?" I asked. He replied that just a few day before I had told him not to
swing on the chairs, because he would be likely to hurt himself (he did have the habit of
lifting himself up, just barely off the ground, by supporting his weight on his two
outstretched arms that were resting straight down on the seats of two adjacent chairs, and
then to swing his body back and forth). He said that he did hurt himself and,
"You always know what things are going to happen."
a nice kid, always exploring, and he did get a lot of little nicks and scratches, nothing
ever really serious. I had to agree with him that I was often right about what was
going to happen to him in the immediate future.
That was about thirty years ago. What I didn't know then was that
just a few years later there would be a period during which I had little chance to warn
him about life's perils, and then, for eight years, no chance at all because I didn't know
where he and all but one of his siblings were. Our family had broken up.
Later, much, much later, came the slow process of building up the trust again that he
once had in me and that got lost when our bond was broken along with the other family
ties. But, we are working on that. He's now 37. We've got a lot to catch
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