What Do You Know and When Do You Know It?

8 Nov

Charles Edward Briske was three months old.  He weighed eighteen pounds. He was blissfully unaware.  He didn’t know his age or weight.  He might not even remember if somebody brought it up (and almost everyone he met seemed to bring it up).

He didn’t know that when a girl says “I want to talk to you”, it means that this will be the last time she ever talks to you.

Charles didn’t know that when his mother used all three of his names, he was in big trouble.

Charles didn’t know what teasing was but if he did he’d be foursquare against it. Unless, of course he was not the teasee, but the teaser. Then he might give it a shot.

He didn’t know what a metabolism was, so he wasn’t worried about slowing it down.  If he knew that at the moment he had the metabolism of a hummingbird, Charles would be quite pleased.  He’d be even happier if he had the same metabolism at the age of sixty-one.

Charles didn’t know how, out of the millions and millions of mothers in the world, he got the hands-down most gorgeous one.

Charles knew absolutely nothing about war, death, taxes, aches and pains, disappointments and enemies. He didn’t even know about wombs and he had just spent nine months in one.

So Charles rolled slightly to his left, took a couple of nips off of his mother, and closed his eyes for a long beautiful nap.

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3 Responses to “What Do You Know and When Do You Know It?”

  1. Jamie November 8, 2010 at 9:47 AM #

    This is beautiful.

    • Bill Steinkellner November 8, 2010 at 12:16 PM #

      Thanks. Lots of the time I am sort of that age.
      Which has it’s plusses and minuses. How do I get to your blog?

  2. Jamie November 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM #

    Click on my name, right? I warn you, my blog is not witty or exciting. I use bad grammar and talk about dumb things. But there are occasional pictures of my adorable kids, which may keep people interested for a moment.
    If clicking doesn’t work, go to http://jamiehixon.blogspot.com.

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