On a beautiful, crisp afternoon earlier last week, I had NPR on the radio while making lunch, with Felix building LEGOs near my feet. As I smeared peanut butter on a slice of bread, I kept an ear tuned to the interview on the air - Samantha Geimer telling about how director Roman Polanski sexually victimized her in 1977, when she was thirteen. Familiar with the story, I was interested to hear her speak, but I also listened for anything that might be too explicit for Felix's four-year-old ears.
But while the r-word kept coming up, and the story was certainly unsettling, Ms. Geimer spoke in a calm tone, and I didn't think that Felix would really understand what she was talking about. That is, until he said, "I don't like this, Daddy. The radio is making me feel crazy. I want you to turn it off."
And that was the end of that.
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