Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Our house, five minutes ago.

Madison (who turns 8 next month) - "Dad, did you hear about Michael Phillips?"

Me - "What about him?"

Madison - "They found out he was smoking, and then he got suspended from swimming. He's not allowed to swim for three months."

Me - "Oh, my."

Madison - "I don't understanding why he can't swim because of smoking, I mean, it's not good to smoke, but it's not illegal. I asked Mom and she said maybe his team had a special rule against smoking."

Me - "Hmmm."

(I opted to let Gwen's explanation stand and not go down the road of what he may have been smoking, that there are different things one can smoke, and some of them are illegal. Seemed unnecessary in the moment and at this age. In any event, thanks Mike.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My boys (10, 7, and 3) are on the neighborhood swim team and followed Phelps' accomplishments with awe and fervor. Now the discussion(s) about his little incident will be just as important to them and me. I suppose it could be worse; they could be playing little league baseball.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Mrs.O said...

Wise Dad, it's good to let them be kids for a little while. She seemed quite satisfied with the explanation and thats what counts for now.
Oh! the life of a parent.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Hoab said...

Thanks Michael, Thanks A-Rod. Ahh the creative ways we *filter*.

8:25 AM  
Blogger lu-n-am said...

"Michel Phillips" that's so cute

4:00 PM  

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