I was listening to the news last night while at the table with Kadin. A story came on about Putin’s recently reinstated military parades in Red Square.
Kadin’s ears perked up and he said, “Red Square, I know Red Square.” Such outbursts are not unusual for him, he really does pay attention.
“Oh, so you know Red Square from Civilization or Age of Empires?” I ask, because he has regular conversations about Admiral Yi Soon-shin, his Turtle Ships, and such.
“Actually,” he says, “I know it from school.”
“You talked about Red Square in school?”
“It’s one of the centers.”
One of the centers, I think. Oh yes, the four tables where the kindergarteners divide into small groups and do activities: Blue Circle, Orange Triangle, Green Rectangle, and Red Square. There it is, right in the middle of the kindergarten classroom, a famous communist center. Has anyone ever made that connection?
Rees has been forgetting to bring home his homework of late. So we have been working on ways to remember.
After school I say, “Do you know what I am going to ask you?”
“Yes, I remembered it,” he says, “I have my homework.”
“Homework: don’t leave school without it, that’s your motto,” I say.
“No,” Rees says, “My motto is: Why walk if you can run?”