I was driving Grant and Bennett over to their friends' house early Friday morning, since there was no school and I was catching a plane to Oregon in just a few hours. Grant has always had a way of quoting things he's heard or read that's rather eerie. (Not like a child with Aspergers or Autism, mind you, but still eerie).
Me, I don't remember squat; not even really good jokes. I listened to the whole joke show on A Prairie Home Companion last weekend. Couldn't tell you a single one. Ok, maybe one. This one:
I was depressed last night so I called Lifeline and got a call center in Pakistan. I told them I was suicidal. They got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck.
(See, the ones I remember aren't really even the funny ones, just the sick ones!)
Back to the backseat of the car now, where Grant starts quoting Pirates of the Caribbean. "But this one's my favorite...." he says, and he gets all mystic and reverential before he recites, "It's not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that's what a ship needs, but what a ship is... what the Black Pearl really is... is freedom." Then a long dramatic pause. And a sigh. And then....
"I want to live like that."
I came out of my self-absorbed driving mode, slowed down, turned around, looked him in the eye and said, "Don't we all, buddy, don't we all."