Ah what a synchronicity. It's straight from a wonderful Father/Son moment that happened yesterday.
Fact 1: Over holidays I started showing the kids clips from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Black Knight first. Then French insults. They thought it was *hilarious.* This alone is thrilling dad+kids moment. They get it.
Fact 2: I was talking to The Boy (age 8) about what happened at the capitol and resuming conversations we've had about how the revolutions I write about moved us from hereditary kings/queens to democracy and elections to pick leaders.
I was building up to the point that it's really bad for the losing side to attack certification of the elections because then the whole damn system is de-legitimized and where are we then? Democracy is good.
And he goes: Yeah cause then we're just back to ladies throwing swords at kings, right? Thats no way to pick a leader.
It took me a second to even get the reference he was making cause it was so unexpected...i was like what? And he goes [affecting terrible British accept like we all do]: "You can't be a king just 'cos some lady threw a sword at'cha!"
Folks I wanted to cry I was so proud. My own son filtering his understanding of history and current events through Monty Python references. Just like dear old dad.
PS we also overheard The Girl (5) playing with some toys and having them doing garbled bits of the French insults at each other. We've watched that bit a bunch of times and it slays her.

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