Littleboy 2 decided to fill me in on Abraham Lincoln this morning as I was putting on his shoes. (It was Presidents' Day yesterday, an annual holiday marking the birthdays of Lincoln and George Washington, and the start of 'Presidents' Week', half term by any other name).
"Abraham Lincoln grew up in a log cabin without ANY electricity," he informed me. "But then he moved to the White House, and he had everything he wanted."
I thought about pointing out that he still wouldn't have had electricity in the White House. But I didn't want to spoil his story, which I guess is a sort of kids' nutshell version of the American dream - very apt.
"And," he continued, "He got shot."
"Yes," I said, solemnly, as Littleboy 1 piped up: "Just like Martin Luther King!" (Oh Lord. I can see a conversation coming on about why quite so many great American leaders were assassinated).
"He got shot because he wanted everyone to be check," he said. "My teacher told me."
"Check? What does that mean?"
His determined little blue eyes cloud with confusion. "I don't know".
"Oh," I say, (making mental note to ask the teacher). "Well, I don't know either. I thought it was because he was against slavery."
I am always having these moments. Better go and read up about Abraham Lincoln. Any ideas about 'check'? ......