Sunday, October 23, 2005

A Conversation with Charlie (Age 4) About Home Security

ACT 1

HIM: Dad, I have an idea for what we should do if there's a robot in the house that's smashing everything.
ME: Okay.
HIM: We should get a bulldozer made out of cardboard.
ME: And what would...ah...how would that help? Would it crush the robot?
HIM: No, it would move the robot into a barrel of leaves so the robot would stop smashing the house apart.
ME: Full of leaves?
HIM: Wait! No! Not full of leaves! Because I want the robot to have room to run around.
ME: In the barrel.
HIM: Yeah. We don't have anything remote controlled.
ME: No. Should we get some things like that?
HIM: (after some consideration) Yes.

ACT 2 (fifteen minutes later)

ME: Why does the bulldozer need to be cardboard?
HIM: We don't know anyone who has a real bulldozer. It wouldn't fit in our house.
ME: But a cardboard one would?
HIM: Well we could try.
ME: If it's a robot smashing your house, you try anything right?
HIM: Yeah.

4 comments:

shri amazon said...

Cardboard is a great choice. When you're done with the offensive robot, you can recycle the bulldozer. Cool.

Stop it! said...

Wouldn't it be great if we could all think like Charlie??!!
Charlie rules!!

Stop it! said...

Wouldn't it be great if we could all think like Charlie??!!
Charlie rules!!

Bernard said...

Goddamn it. I am officially offering to adopt Charlie in the case of your untimely demise.