Yesterday morning right before church, I was reading over my children’s church lesson plan one final time [ok, who am I kidding… it was probably the first time] while Nasko was laying down on my bed. He was relaxing quietly, so I stayed in the kitchen and kept reading my lesson.
Someday, my brain will register “quiet=bad.”
After a few moments of hearing Nasko talk to himself, I heard the dial tone on our house phone.
I set down my invigorating lesson [God made the animals. On the sixth day. Any questions?] and walked into my bedroom. I asked Nasko to hang up the phone and stop touching it, so he did [cuz he’s angelic like that].
Moments later, our house phone rang. It was 7:30 a.m., so I knew it could only be the Reverend [who was already at church] or some other family member.
I was right; it was Chance.
Here is how our conversation went:
The Reverend: How’s it going? Everything ok?
Me: Good morning! Things are good here, how about there?
The Reverend: Umm, yes, I’m fine. [long pause]. You don’t know, do you?
Me: Know what?
The Reverend: I just had a conversation with our son.
Me: OUR son? [As if there were someone else’s son in question.]
The Reverend: Yes. He called me.
Me: On the phone?! [As if there were some other way to call one’s father.]
The Reverend: Yes…
Me: Oh… And what did our son have to say?
The Reverend: Well, when I answered, I asked him what he was doing. He said, “La-la” [Nasko’s word for “lie down”]. Then I said, “Are you coming to church soon?” and he said, “Da!” [Bulgarian for “yes”]. I asked if he was going to give me a hug at church, and he said “Da. Taty.” Then, I said, “Where’s Mama?” and in response, Nasko promptly hung up the phone…
The Reverend: You had no idea he called me, did you?
Me: Not so much, no. But, wow, his conversational skills are getting really good! He even told you he was lying down?! I can’t believe he could answer that question! How awesome!
The Reverend: Ginger, focus…
Let’s just be glad Nasko chose to call his Taty and not some long-lost friend back in Bulgaria!
On second thought, I’d better double-check the phone bill…