So last night we’re having dinner (me, MG, Jay, and my 2 daughters Helena-7 and Lily-4) and Martha’s cell comes up. She is thinking about what to talk about next week (Tues night in Fishtown at Lindsay Mae’s house) since they are doing a sort of short series on world events and justice issues. She brainstorms Guantanamo Bay.
That’s where I come in.
Things Better Left Unsaid #247: Talking to kids about torture at the dinner table.
JGrace: “yeah, that’s a good one. where are you going with it?”
MG: “learning more about what goes on there and why. It’s been in the news lately.”
JGrace: “yeah, isn’t Bush going to pardon all those who have anything to do with organizing it? Including himself?”
MG: “that’d be a good idea.”
JGrace: “yeah. the people behind Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo are connected. We have that book upstairs that might be helpful. It talks about water boarding and stuff. You know [children really interested at this point], they strap a dude down and throw a towel over his face and then start…
MG: [interrupting] uuhhhhhh…maybe not right now?”
yeah. good call, honey. but that El-P video for Smithereens is pretty good.