Dmitri climbed into bed with me this morning, all excited about their school's Thanksgiving Feast today and said, "My teacher says Columbo took a boat here so we'd all know the world is round."
"Well, sort of. His name was Christopher Columbus. And in 1492, the year he sailed to America, was the year the globe was first invented. We pretty much already knew the world was round."
(The first globe actually noted in history was the 1492 world globe made by the German map-maker Martin Behaim.)
"He discovered pilgrims."
"No, the pilgrims came over a different ship."
"Well, he discovered Indians."
"Yes, that's true." Sort of. I decided that we'd discuss ethnocentricity and the rape of the Native American people due to the forward domination of the Europeans later.
"There's another word for Indians and that's Native Americans."
Ahhh the P.C.ness of public schools. "That's right."
"Grandma says I'm part Indian."
"Yes, that's true." On his father's side. One of Michael's ancestors was a Native American princess of sorts.
"Which part?" he asked solemnly. "I think my toes are Indian. And this leg. Doesn't this leg look Indian to you?"