Some recent conversations in the Common Household, revealing how we are uninformed or misinformed...
Topic: Billy Graham
Netflix describes Star Trek: The Original Series as follows: “Led by unflappable Capt. Kirk, the crew of the starship Enterprise delves deep into the far reaches of space to explore new worlds and civilizations.”
We were all in the car, driving somewhere. A sign at a local church advertised a talk by Franklin Graham.
Me: “Franklin Graham is coming to that church?”
The Kids: “Who is Franklin Graham?”
Me: "He’s the son of Billy Graham.”
Kids: “Who is Billy Graham?”
Me: (mental facepalm. Could not do actual facepalm because I was driving.)
Husband: “He’s the Captain Kirk of The Church.”
Son: “You mean, he’s unflappable?”
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C. Topic: The food of the French Revolution
On July 14, at dinner, I said, “Today is Bastille Day.”
Youngest Daughter: Did anybody storm anything today?
Husband: Is it ever Remington Steele Day?
YD: Dad. Bastille Day was the start of the French Revolution.
Husband: I thought it started when the baguettes went stale.
Me: Lack of baguettes was part of it.
Son: The French revolution started when Jean Valjean stole baguettes.
YD: That was a different French revolution!
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Husband: I forgot to ask my friend how Reykjavik is.
YD: Who is Reykjavik?
Husband: Reykjavik is a city in Iceland.
YD: It’s not a Russian communist leader?
Me: Your friend went to Reykjavik?
Husband: Yeah. On her way to Israel.
Me: Reykjavik is on the way to Israel?!
Husband: Yes. Iceland moves around a lot. It depends on the season.