Last night Mr. Ashley asked if I had heard about the earthquake in Japan and the potential for a tsunami.
I shushed him and looked around for little ears.
"Please. Do not mention that around little kid. Let's just not bring it up again."
He looked surprised and a little sad. "Wow. Yeah, with all of his stomach aches and stuff, I wonder if he's having some anxiety from the news? That's something --"
"No," I interrupted. "He's obsessed with radioactive fallout from tsunamis. For weeks I've had to answer questions I don't understand and learn all kinds of stuff about the last time it happened in Japan. It's just now stopping. Please -- for the love of God -- please don't get it started again."
He looked as perplexed as I felt during week one of Nuclear Tsunami News time in the car. "Really? But...why?"
"I don't know, but I can't do it again right now. So don't. No matter what happens in Japan."
"That's kind of interesting. I wonder -- "