Friday, September 11, 2009
The Edge of the World
"And so all the shepherds went into Bethlehem to find Jesus!"
I realize she's been staring into space when Janie turns her head to me, "So who watched all the sheep while they were gone?"
And then later, gathered around a small deli-table eating Costco pizza, "Daddy, when can I touch the edge of the world?"
It's hardly minutes later that our edge-less world rolls few paces down the field. At first it's so funny with Lucy there passing gas in the food-court. With the confidence of a presidential candidate she is cracking one, then another. And then all of the sudden we wondering how she's managed to soil right up the back of her shirt, onto the cart, past the seat belt, onto the floor. Of course Janie and Jack begin to shout that there is some on the floor and a giddy swarm of flies gathers.
"Janie!" Her eyes are HUGE. "Jane. Pretend like you don't notice." It is a command. She stares at me. "Pretend like you don't notice." It is sort of hard to ignore the flies, but she does a very serious fake-stare at a nearby advertisement for blinds. Craig sprints to the car. And for a moment, I begin to wonder if I might actually be at the edge of the world after all.