I was tired this morning and decided I would treat myself to a little television while I drank my coffee. I curled up in my favourite corner of the couch and turned on Ellen. One of her guests was a 7 year old girl who plays the piano and composes her own music.
Thinking that seeing a kid their own age who's such an accomplished musician would inspire Buddy and Monkey, I called to them in the dining room where they were eating breakfast: "Come and look at this, you guys. This girl is the same age as Buddy."
The boys watched as the little girl ran onto set and hugged Ellen. Buddy tilted his head to the left and said, "That girl is really pretty."
Monkey gave one of his big belly laughs and pointed at his brother, "Buddy loves that girl!"
Buddy shook his head, "I don't love her," he said. "I just think she's pretty."
On screen, the little girl sat down at the piano and started to play.
"Wow," I said, quite blown away.
Buddy looked at me, wrinkling up his nose, "What?"
Both boys turned back to the television and watched her play for a few seconds, until they simultaneously lost interest and returned to their breakfasts.
I'm pretty sure they missed the point entirely. Oh well. At least you can't say I didn't try.
*Photo courtesy of Rockford Register Star