Sometimes telling outright lies to bafflingly foolish questions is very hard to resist. Unlike Vachel, however, I always feel bad afterwards.
Only when it’s adults do I do it and not feel bad after. When it’s the grandkids whose heads I am filling with nonsense I make sure they know I’m kidding.
“Papaw why does the wind blow?”
“The wind isn’t blowing, it’s the trees sneezing, see them move when the wind comes?”
I have some cherished nonsense that was passed down to me from my “papaws” and I make sure it’s passed along again.
Trees apparently have not learned to sneeze into their arms for sanitary purposes. :)
After words? Do you not feel so bad about non-verbal nonsense? ;-)
@Neil, lol! Actually, the funny thing is that I originally spelled it correctly. But for some reason my spell-check rejected it. I remember trying it again, and then saying “it’s not with an ‘o’ is it?” and sure enough that worked.
I just looked it up, my dictionary is apparently smarter than my wordpress spellcheck, and both are smarter than me. :) Well, it looks like it’s generally used as “afterward” although “afterwards” is acceptable, which musta’ been what WP was rejecting.
(I’ll fix it right now)
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