I’ve been away all week without my children, so this week’s nugget of childish curiosity comes out of the vault:
“Mom, does Indian food come from India or from the Native Americans?”
Context: my son was studying indigenous history in second grade this past Spring, and he often came home either with questions like that or quizzes like this:
“Mom, do you know what our ancestors gave to the Native Americans?”
Small-pox? Potatoes? Horses? Death and destruction?
“Citizenship!” he exclaimed. “We ‘gave’ them citizenship, after we, outsiders, came to their land. We should have asked them to give us citizenship!”