Sipping From The Cup Of Knowledge

| Related | October 7, 2013

(I am having a quiet alone time with myself and a big mug of coffee, when my eight-year-old son walks up to me. My five-year-old son is also in the room, playing quietly.)

Eight-Year-Old Son: “Did you know that Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee? Commercially, I mean.”

Me: “I don’t know and I don’t care.”

Five-Year-Old Son: *laughing hysterically at his brother* “Good answer, Mommy!”

Me: “Stop it, [Five Year Old]! Sorry, [Eight Year Old]. I didn’t mean to be rude.”

Eight-Year-Old Son: “Do you know why Hawaii grows the best coffee?”

Me: “Perfect weather?”

Eight-Year-Old Son: “You mean climate, yes. And good soil. Did you know that Puerto Rico also grows coffee?”

Me: “I do now. Thanks for telling me.”

Five-Year-Old Son: *laughing*

Eight-Year-Old Son: *oblivious to his brother’s ridicule* “But Puerto Rico is not a State. It’s a U.S. territory, so Hawaii is still the correct answer.”

Me: “You are very bright.”

Five-Year-Old Son: “Bright and loves to show off!”

Me: “Enough with this quiz. Now can I finish my coffee before it gets cold?”

Eight-Year-Old Son:No! Not yet! Where was coffee first discovered?”

Me: “Okay, go ahead and tell us.”

Eight-Year-Old Son: “It was first discovered in Ethiopia.” *looks me in the eye* “I guess you didn’t know that either.”

Me: “Sorry.”

Eight-Year-Old Son: *disgusted* “How could you be drinking coffee and not know anything about it? If there was poison on it, you’d be dead. Goodness gracious, Mommy!”

(My five-year-old son’s boisterous laughter continues. This time the little punk is laughing at me.)

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