"Yeah, I dunno, there was some story that's supposed to make it easier to remember--"
"The rabbit goes down the hole, and around the tree, or the other way around."
"--right. It's very confusing."
The child continued to perseverate.
"There's also the second part about the rhinoceros coming back up the hole to drink tea and eat flowers."My hope is that education will leave him sending me indignant text messages about a childhood filled with semi-plausible half-truths.
"What? It doesn't say that!"
"Sure it does. The whole story goes back to Germany in 1542. The Middle Ages. "
"No it doesn't!"
"1452, I guess it's the Renaissance, actually."
"That's not true!"
"The Reformation was a really confusing time for Europe."
"You know, if you wrote a book of all the fake history you make up, it'd be really funny."
Or, as Anna put it after he'd read a few Calvin & Hobbes books: "Okay, Calvin's Dad."