My niece "Pinkie" is very intuitive at times.
Today, we went to see Wonder Woman. The theatre was loud (not the people, the sound system) There were times Pinkie had to cover her ears but she was a trooper, and stuck with it until about an hour in. That's the point the movie hits "the front" in WW I.
"Uncle, I don't think this movie is appropriate for a child my age."
With a statement like that, what can one do but agree? We grabbed our drinks and left the theatre.
On the drive back to her house we talked. My birthday this past Saturday came up and I told her I had turned 50.
"50 uncle? That can't be right."
"Right as rain young lady. Uncle turned 50 and can now join the AARP"
"American Association for Retired People or something. You turn 50 and you are old enough to join."
"You're not old uncle."
"Thanks Pinkie. It makes me feel good to hear you say that."
"I didn't say it to make you feel good! You play games and write games and that makes you young. You are young uncle, not old!"
Fifty and young. Wisdom from the mouth of a soon to be first grader. Not said for my benefit but because for her, it is the simple truth. Which makes it my truth.
Thank you Pinkie.
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