My Guru

One of the key attributes of a guru is that they give the right answer to the wrong question.

I was walking with Willow (age eight) today and threw out as idle conversation “Do you have a favorite day fo the week?”  Immediately upon uttering it i realized that it was a poor question, it required choosing probably inappropriate favorites in the very complicated schedule of my sons life.  He being perhaps cleverer than me replied.  “No.  But i have a favorite season.  I want it to be summer.  I want to climb our mulberry tree and sit on the branch and eat fresh fruit with my checks puffed out like a chipmunk.  I cant wait.”

Trying to get Hayden out of jail - DC Climate Protest 2009

The other mark of a guru is that they can advise you of the lense thru which you might see the world.

I make a lot of snacks for Willow. This has been something of a stretch from me, in that my culinary skills are poor to say the least (rumor has it my last three dinners are all superfund sites).  So i was making him a PB & J sandwich in the Llano kitchen, while he was contemplating becoming a kitchen stocker as one of his community jobs.  As i often do, i stole a few bites of his food.  He directed me to eat the crust which he was slowly eating first.  “To save the best part for last?” i asked.  “Of course” he replied and then added “You are supposed to say ‘How Dutch'” [Willow’s mom is Dutch.]

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

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