This year I’ve traveled only a quarter of what I traveled last year. Though I have friends in most places I visit, it has been nice not having to go overseas so much. The real difference, though, is not measured in miles traveled or time abroad. The difference is that this year Ray really notices when I’m away. You have my word that etherfarm won’t become a repository for quoted conversations with my son, but if you ever hear the following, it’s time to unpack the suitcase for a while (or be sure to pack him in it next time you leave).
Narayan: How are you today, Ray?
Ray: I’m fine. But I got run over while you were in Philly-delphia.
Narayan: You got run over?!
Ray: Yes. I got run over.
Narayan: What ran you over?
Ray: A lawnmower.
Narayan: A lawnmower?! Did it hurt?
Ray: Yes. But I also got run over by a jackhammer.
Ray: Yes. It was a steel rod jackhammer.
Narayan: Oh, those are the worst kind.
Ray: And I got a boo boo.
Ray: On the inside.
Narayan: You got a boo boo on the inside?
Ray: When you go away I miss you and I get run over on the inside.