He tried to be with me as much as he could, which was sweet. But, at recess, he abandoned me for his first love, running around. I spent recess talking to a very nice young lady named Emma. She had sandy blond hair, hazel eyes, and affected an under bite when thinking. She reminded me very much of our Cate. And that is how I saw her. Cate in four years.
"My Nana is coming to visit today," she said. "My Nana lives far away, where there are a lot of cornfields. Do you know that place?"
"Iowa?" I asked. Corn as high as an elephants eye. That's Iowa right? Or is it Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain?
"No. That's not it," Emma said.
"Kansas?" I tried again. Was Kansas a better guess than Oklahoma? It would help if my knowledge of the plains states extended beyond Rodger and Hammerstein musicals, and John Wayne movies.
"No," she said, and then offered another hint. "Do you know that place where Disney World is?"
"Yes," she said excitedly.
"Your Nana lives in Florida?"
"No," she said. "In a straight line from there. What is the state next door?"
"Alabama?" I knew it was Alabama or Mississippi. I totally guessed.
"No. The next one?"
Was this some kind of test?
"Louisiana?" This one I knew.
"No, no. Keep going straight across."
The kid was killing me! But we were getting closer to home. I was pretty sure I knew these.
"Texas, New Mexico, Arizona."
"Yeah," she said, with a very mature sigh. "I have no idea where she lives."
Then she ran off to play.
It was definitely a test.