Let’s talk about lying to our children.
No, I’m talking about how Fern thinks that Frida Kahlo is one of the Disney princesses, how Dora is in reality young Frida, and her brother Diego is Diego Rivera.
Or how she says “This means ‘I love you’ in sign language” while making the universal bulls-horns sign for “cuckold.” God help us if we ever travel in the Mediterranean region. Gestures like that get you beaten up outside the taverno.
So why don’t I untangle these misconceptions?
Well, mostly because I can hardly keep them straight myself. (Diego who?) But also, I have to admit that I’m intrigued by how Fern weaves a complete and novel mythology out of the threads of stories and ideas that come her way.
So for now I let her keep thinking that hedgehogs come from junipers because they’re both prickly. It might mean a lot of explaining later, but in the meantime it’s pretty damn entertaining.