Cassie: Too gross?
Charlie The Kid: Extremely.
Cassie: I can’t have it bandaged the whole time. I have to let air get at it.
Charlie The Kid: Ummmm.
Charlie The Kid: I just threw up in my mouth again for like the seventh time since the whole finger incident started.
Cassie: Sorry. Sometimes life is disgusting.
Charlie The Kid: I know. I wish I could go back to when I was little and oblivious so I wouldn’t have to think about cut up fingers. Or the problems with black and white people in this country killing each other.
Cassie: (pausing to catch my breath since we’ve so quickly gone from my cut finger to the horrific racial tensions of the moment) Charlie, with age comes knowledge and awareness. You’re at an age when you start growing your wisdom about life and big serious issues and problems that are all around us every day. It’s not easy. I know. You have to stop and reflect about it every once in a while. So you don’t get overwhelmed.
Charlie The Kid: I don’t want to reflect on it. I want to escape it. How do you escape it?
Cassie: Probably can’t ever escape it fully. But reading a good book with a solid story that takes you to another place, watching a fun movie, music. Your music and artwork….I think those are really good outlets for calming down a little.
Charlie The Kid: Okay. But I meant what I said about airing your finger. Do that at night or something when your children are sleeping so we don’t have to see it.
Cassie: Will do.
Charlie The Kid: Thank you.