Hank: I just realized we need to go and buy the baby an Uncle Andy rocking chair to fall asleep in just like I had in America. Uncle Andy is too far away to buy it and we don’t have that chair anymore, so I want to buy one for the baby.
Pai: How about right now?
Hank: Can we?
Me: (sobbing mess)
Hank: Are these happy tears or sad tears?
Pai: I think they are happy tears. Why don’t you go get your mãe (mom) a tissue while I get the car keys.
Me: As of now EVERYONE can get married in Indiana.
Hank: I was born in Indiana.
Me: Remember when we had to travel to Washington D.C. last summer so your cousins Jamie and Sarah could get married?
Hank: Yes, I remember, because in America estados (states) are different about love.
Me: Right… Well Indiana decided to let that go and allow everyone to get married.
Hank: That’s good.
Me: So tomorrow, do you remember the ladies who took care of Seamus (our dog), Elizabeth and Karma?
Hank: Seamus’ new mommies. They are so nice. Pai, they live in a log cabin. Seamus loved it there.
Pai: I remember.
Me: Well they have been in love for 13 years and tomorrow they are getting married.
Hank: Seamus would love that.
Me: (weepy) Yes, he would.
Hank: (thinking) Mama, where does Mandy (Hank’s pen-pal) live? She lives in Indiana, too?
Me: Yes, she does.
Hank: Oh. (thinking) That means that Mandy can be like this (gets down on one knee) and say to Amy Davis, “Amy Davis, I love you. You are my person. Will you marry me?” and Amy Davis can say, “YES.” And then they can go fishing.
Me: If Mandy is ready to ask Amy Davis then she may.
Hank: I hope they wait a while to get married so that I can go to their wedding. I will save for the plane ticket. I would wear a nice suit and a tie that is not like this (gestures a bow-tie) but like long like this (gestures a necktie). I love love.
Hank: Mamamamama. Mama, look. I have decided that I am going to make roads in my sketchbook and then make them in Minecraft.
Me: That is a good idea.
Hank: See? This is Rua de Cavaleiros (Knights Street). This is apartments…
Me: Wow, yes. I see.
Hank: This is how I can play Minecraft when I am out of technology time.
Me: Clever and did you know that designing houses and streets is a job. It is what is called being an architect. They draw up the building and use computers to build a model and draft plans.
Hank: I already do that.
Me: There is a Noodle Architect** who you have not met named Leslie and Teresa, mãe de Denis e Carolina (mother of Denis and Carolina) is an architect. An architect is a mix of an artist and a designer.
Hank: I already am an architect! I am going to design another street now. It will be Rua de Alegria (Joy Street) after you! I will make you the prettiest apartment, not too big, with a veranda. The street will have lots of trees and flowers, a nice café and a bookstore that is called Billy Blankenstooth’s book store, but I will need you to help me write Billy Blankenstooth in English.
Me: I am so honored and I cannot wait to see your drawing and then tour my street in Minecraft.
Hank: I am off to work.
Me: Catch you later, Architect.
** A Noodle in Hank’s world is actually a Noggle, close family friends of ours, and Leslie Noggle is a talented architect. Check out her work HERE.